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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a service available to current Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students, faculty, and staff.

If a resource you need is not available through the Law or ASU libraries, we can request the item from another library via interlibrary loan (ILL).

To place a new request, use the ILL Request Form.

To renew an interlibrary loan book you have checked out, use the ILL Renewal Form.

ASU students, faculty, and staff not affiliated with the College of Law should contact ASU Library Interlibrary Loan.

What can be requested?

Books, articles, chapters, and other materials needed in support of your research, study, or teaching.

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 cannot borrow current textbooks, new casebooks, and whole journal issues through interlibrary loan.

These types of materials can be difficult to obtain through ILL:

  • Recently published books
  • Most e-books
  • Exact duplications of print newspaper articles
  • Items published in loose-leaf format
  • DVDs, CDs, and other audio-visual material
  • Rare books, papers, or archival materials


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

The Ross-Blakley Law Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

How long will it take?

Physical loans are usually sent via U.S. Mail and can take up to 2 weeks to receive. Articles and other digital items are usually received within 1-3 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.

How will I know when my requested item is available?

Loans: You will receive an email notification when the requested item is available to be checked out.  

ILL books for students and staff can be picked up at the Circulation Desk on the third floor. ILL books will be held for one week.

ILL books for faculty are delivered to your faculty mailbox.

Documents: Scanned or digital documents are sent via email to your ASU email address.

How long can I keep the book?

Loan periods are determined by the lending library and may vary. Generally, books may be borrowed for 4 weeks. 

Please do not remove the blue book strap from the front cover of the book. It identifies the book as an interlibrary loan and contains information necessary to process renewal requests and returns.

Can I renew an ILL?

Check the blue book strap on the front cover to determine if the item can be renewed. 

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.


Law interlibrary loan books must be returned to the Law Library Circulation Desk on the third floor. Please do not return books borrowed through Law ILL to other ASU Library locations.

Overdue, Lost, or Damaged 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.

You are responsible for replacement or repair costs for lost or damaged ILL materials. Charges are determined by the lending library.

ILL for Journal Members

When requesting ILL materials for a cite check assignment, please be aware of the following:

  • Scans 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.
  • Please coordinate with your editor to avoid multiple requests for the same material.
  • We make every effort to obtain requested material as quickly as we can, but we do not place rush requests except in extraordinary circumstances.
  • See the Journal Cite Checking Guide for more information.

Contact Us

Email:     lawill@asu.edu

Phone:    480-965-7114

Location: Law Library Circulation Desk, BCLS 350

Hours:  8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday