If a resource you need is not available through the Law or ASU libraries, we can request the material from another library via interlibrary loan (ILL).
We will make every attempt to obtain requested materials as quickly as possible. Please be aware that requests may take longer to fill due to the number of libraries worldwide with restricted or suspended interlibrary loan lending services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who can use interlibrary loan?
The Law Library provides ILL services to current Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students, faculty, and staff.
ASU students, faculty, and staff not affiliated with the College of Law should contact ASU Library Interlibrary Loan.
What can I request?
Books, articles, and other materials not available through the ASU library system.
We encourage you to consult with a reference librarian prior to submitting an ILL request, as they may be able to assist you with verifying citations and locating full-text electronic resources.
We will not borrow the following through ILL:
- Whole journal issues
- Textbooks and new casebooks
These types of materials can be difficult to obtain through ILL:
- Recently published books
- Exact duplications of print newspaper articles
- Items published in loose-leaf format
- Multi-volume sets
- DVDs, CDs, and other audio-visual material
- Rare books, papers, or archival materials
- Study Aids (suggest a purchase instead)
Requests for scans of more than 10% of a book will be converted to a loan request.
How long does it take?
Loans are usually sent via U.S. Mail and can take up to 2 weeks to receive. Scanned pages are usually received within 1-5 days.
We make every effort to obtain requested material as quickly as possible, but please be aware that we do not place rush requests except in extraordinary circumstances.
Is there a charge?
The Law Library does not charge for interlibrary loan requests. Please request only those materials necessary for your research or coursework and let us know as soon as possible if a requested item is no longer needed.
You are responsible for replacement or repair costs for non-returned or damaged ILL materials. Charges are determined by the lending library and will be applied to your MyASU account.
How do I place a request?
Requests can be placed through the ILL Request Form or by using the Request External Copy option in the library catalog. Please provide as much information as possible in order to speed the processing of your request. If you do not have a complete citation, check with a reference librarian for assistance before requesting an ILL.
How will I know when my requested item is available?
Loans: You will recieve an email notification when the requested material arrives.
Scans: Scanned documents are sent via email to the address provided on your request.
Where do I pick up my ILL book?
ILL books for students and staff are held at the Law Library Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor. Books are held for the length of the loan, but you are encouraged to pick up requested material promptly in order to maximize the length of time you have access to the material.
Requested material for faculty is delivered to your law school mailbox.
Please do not remove the blue bookwrap. It identifies the book as an interlibrary loan and contains information necessary to process renewal requests and returns.
How long can I keep the book?
Books borrowed through ILL are intended for short-term use. Loan periods are determined by the lending library and may vary. Generally, books may be borrowed for 4 weeks.
If you need a book for long-term use, please speak with a reference librarian or submit a book purchase request instead.
Can I renew an ILL?
Renewal eligibility will be indicated on the blue bookwrap.
To request a renewal, use the ILL Renewal Form. Please submit renewal requests at least 5 days before the due date to allow time for communication with the lending library.
If renewals are not permitted or your renewal request is denied, please return the book by the due date. If you need another copy of the book, please place a new request.
Overdue ILL books
We do not charge overdue fees for ILL books, but your library account will be blocked until the overdue item is returned.
If an ILL book is more than 30 days overdue, it will be considered lost and you will be charged replacement and overdue fees as determined by the lending library.
Law ILL books must be returned to the Law Library Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor. Please return books on or before the due date to prevent suspension of library privileges.
ILL for Journal Members
When requesting ILL materials for a cite check, please be aware of the following:
- ILL requests cannot be transferred to another library patron and must be picked up and checked out by the person who placed the request.
- Please coordinate with your editor to avoid multiple requests for the same material.
- Scan are usually received much faster than loans. If you know that only specific pages are needed, or you just need to verify the author and publication date, place a scan request instead.
- We make every effort to obtain requested material as quickly as we can, but please be aware that we do not place rush requests except in extraordinary circumstances.
- See the Cite Checking Guide for more information.
Location: Law Library Circulation Desk, BCLS 350
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday