ILL Frequently Asked Questions
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, allows you to borrow materials that are unavailable at DU Law from libraries nationwide. You are encouraged to consult with a Reference Librarian before submitting an ILL request. The librarian may be able to identify a source in the library that contains the required information.
Who can use ILL?
All students, staff, faculty, and alumni of DU Law can use ILL for serious study or research. All other DU students must use ILL services at Penrose library.
Does it cost anything?
DU Law Library will pay up to $10.00 to obtain an item. The borrower is responsible for anything over that amount. We make every effort to obtain material from the most inexpensive source. You will be notified of any charges before we order the material.
How do I request material?
You can request items online using our Interlibrary Loan forms. You must fill out a separate form for each item requested. Fill out the form completely and don’t use abbreviations – doing so can delay your request. Requests can also be completed electronically via FirstSearch.
When will my book get here?
Generally speaking, it takes 7-10 days for a book or article to arrive, even if it is from a metro-area library. If the item has to be ordered from out of state it can take up to 3 weeks or longer. ILL does not always work quickly. PLAN AHEAD!
Where do I pick up my book or article?
Materials can be picked up at the Circulation Desk any time the library is open. You will be notified once by phone or e-mail that the item has arrived. You must pick material up within 2 weeks of notification. After 2 weeks, we will recycle or return materials.
How long can I keep my material?
Articles that have been photocopied are yours to keep. The return date for books is determined by the lending library and varies from 2-6 weeks. The due date will be noted on a paper band on the books. Please return materials on time and in good condition. Failure to do so jeopardizes our relationships with other libraries. There is a fine of $1/day for overdue interlibrary loan materials. Borrowers are also responsible for any fees, fines or lost book charges assessed by other libraries.
Can I renew an ILL book?
Sometimes it is possible to renew. Call the Interlibrary Loan office at x16191 to find out.