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Journal Staff Legal Research Guide: Interlibrary Loan

This guide is designed to assist law journal staff through the process of selecting topics, writing, editing and cite checking law review articles.

Interlibrary Loans

What is Interlibrary Loan? 

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that supplies current Seattle University Law students, faculty, and staff with materials not found in the Law Library's collection. Books, copies of periodical articles, government documents, and other materials needed for research may be borrowed from other libraries through ILL. Keep in mind that current casebooks and study aids are often kept in non-circulating reserve or reference collections and may not be available for loan.

Alumni, members, and community users are not eligible for this service. Items available at Lemieux Library can be placed on hold for delivery within two business days or can be checked out at Lemieux.

The Law Library’s ILL policy is based on the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, 1994, revised 2001, and is governed by the Copyright Act of 1976. Requests are filled either by loan of original items or by photocopy.

Turnaround time

The time it takes to receive requested material generally depends upon the location of the lending library. Most requests can be filled within one or two weeks if available locally, and within three to four weeks if outside our regional area. Items not available in the U.S., or requests submitted with incomplete or imprecise bibliographic information may require extra time to process or obtain.  The lending library determines whether an item can be provided and the length of time the item is on loan. If the material is needed by a specific deadline, please indicate this on the request form.

Fines/Replacement costs

You are expected to return all materials by the due date. Any overdue fines will be waived when the item has been returned. You are also expected to comply with any special loan conditions imposed by the lending library. Replacement fees are subject to the policies of the owning library. If a library item checked out to you is lost or stolen, the law library will determine the appropriate course of action.


If a renewal is needed, ask the ILL staff to request it before the due date. Some libraries do not renew interlibrary loan materials.


ILL materials are subject to recall at any time by the lending library.

How to Request an Interlibrary Loan

Request procedure

First, check the library catalog.

Be sure to include the Lemieux and Summit libraries in your search.

If you do not find what you need by searching the library catalog, fill out an ILL request form or pick one up at the Law Library Circulation Desk and return it to the Circulation Desk. You may submit it to LawILL.

The ILL office will notify you by e-mail within 3 days as to the status of your request. If you do not hear from library personnel within 3 days, please contact LawILL to see if your request was received.

While the Library makes every effort to secure ILL materials at no or low cost, requests for materials incurring significant charges are subject to review.