Georgetown Law Students, Faculty, and Staff should follow the procedures for Interlibrary Loan Borrowing.

Interlibrary Loan – Lending

Policies for Lending Items

Georgetown University Law Library provides interlibrary lending and copying services to other libraries, including academic and government institutions as well as non-profit and for-profit organizations. Members of the general public, Law Library Membership Program, Friends of the Library, Georgetown alumni, and non-Georgetown University students do not have onsite borrowing privileges, but may be able to obtain circulating materials through their public library or home institution’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) office.

The Law Library will lend circulating materials and make reproductions (up to 40 pages) of a journal article, a chapter, briefs out of the same docket, and other non-circulating materials when copyright permits. We accept requests sent through OCLC (symbol GUL). Non-OCLC U.S. libraries may email Borrowing library staff should search the library catalog first, determine whether we own the requested title(s) and if they are available for circulation, and submit an unambiguous citation.

Items that Cannot be Borrowed from Georgetown Law Library

Materials that do not circulate, including but not limited to items from our Reference, Reserve, Study Aids, and Special Collections, will not be loaned through Interlibrary Loan. For research assistance for our Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections.

Turnaround Time and Rush Requests

Although we try to respond to requests within 1-2 business days, we may take up to 5  business days during the busiest times of the year. We cannot accommodate rush service for non-OCLC, non-IFM debitable requests.

Delivery Options

Whenever possible, reproductions are delivered electronically. For returnable items, our default shipping method is FedEx Ground. We do not use USPS or UPS. FedEx express shipping is available when requested at the time of the request and if the borrowing library provides a FedEx account information.

Loan Periods, Renewals, and Recalls

The standard loan period for an item is 6 weeks from the date the request is filled. Renewal is allowed, but may not be available for all titles. Libraries using OCLC or ILLiad are asked to submit renewal requests through these systems. Non-OCLC libraries may make requests through email.

Please note: We reserve the right to recall items before the assigned due date.

Type of Library Lending fees per citation 
Academic, Public, and Non-Profit  $15.00
Private (law firm or corporate)  $40.00
Government (US Federal or State) Free
International & Foreign $50.00

In addition to paying by check (address located below), and OCLC IFM, credit card payments can be submitted through PayPal. We are unable to assign payments via ACH. Libraries that have a consortia or reciprocal arrangement with Georgetown University Law Library will not be charged a lending fee.

Libraries borrowing materials from Georgetown Law Library will be assessed additional charges for materials returned late, damaged, or lost. Privileges will be suspended for unpaid invoices (past 30 days due), grossly overdue loans or a poor borrowing record.

Notice Concerning Copyright Restrictions

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 reproductions. 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. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of that order would involve violation of the law.

Interlibrary Loan Lending
Georgetown University Law Library
111 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001-1417