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About Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

If you need an item that is not available on campus, the Law Library will borrow it for you from another library using Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Requests for books generally take two weeks to fill (materials are usually sent via US mail), so please plan ahead. Article requests are usually received more quickly.

What is the Consortium Loan Service?

The Consortium Loan Service (CLS) allows CUA students to borrow materials that are not available at the Catholic University Libraries, but are available in a library that is part of the local consortium of university libraries. See the link below for more information.

Due Dates

Llibraries generally loan materials for about three weeks. Due dates are determined by the lending library and must be honored in order to remain in good standing with other libraries. Failure to return ILLs promptly jeopardizes our relationship with lending libraries and could cause our borrowing privileges to be suspended.  ILL service is intended only for short-term access to materials.


Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library.  Most libraries will renew an item if the renewal request is submitted before the due date.  Materials may not be renewed online. Please contact Dawn Sobol to request a renewal. Only one renewal request per item is permitted.

Late Fees

Borrowers who have overdue ILLs will not be permitted to request ILLs or to borrow books from CUA’s law library.  Borrowers are also responsible for paying for lost or damaged ILL books. Failure to return an ILL may result in a hold on the borrower’s academic record.

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