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Interlibrary Procedures for Faculty and Students

Interlibrary Loan is a service through which material not found in the SLU, MOBIUS or Prospector catalogs may be requested and obtained from other libraries.

Only current SLU LAW faculty, staff and students are eligible to use the ILL services of the Law Library. You may request photocopied articles, book chapters, books, video cassettes, dissertations and looseleafs.

If you are a member of one of the SLU LAW journals, find additional information

Before requesting:

Books: Check the SLU catalog, MOBIUS catalog and Prospector catalog to see if the book is owned and can be sent via courier. Items sent via courier will arrive faster than if they are requested through ILLiad. See our Borrowing Resources page for more information.

Articles: Check to see if the journal you are looking for is available electronically or on the shelves of the Law Library. If not, submit an article request via ILLiad. See our Borrowing Resources page for more information.

If you are missing volume, issue, page number or copyright year information, please see a reference librarian (students) or your library liaison (faculty) for assistance.

Making the request:

You can submit your requests through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan software program, or see your library liaison (faculty) for assistance. Fill out the form as completely as possible. If you need assistance in finding citation information, please see one of our Reference Librarians. The Notes field on the article and book request forms will allow you to type 4,000+ characters. Please put any extra information there.

Your ILLiad account will be the place to go if you have any questions about the status of an item you have requested. You can also check on the status by emailing with the transaction number of your request. The amount of time it takes for an item to arrive is dependent on the lending library. Please submit your requests early!

Once your item has arrived:

Books: You will receive an email notifying you that your material has arrived and is ready for pick-up at the circulation desk. Typically, books borrowed through interlibrary loan only have a two- to three-week loan period with one renewal. When you pick the item up, sign and date the checkout form. Please do not remove the yellow band from the book. It will include the item's due date. Borrowed items must be returned on time. Interlibrary Loan is a privilege. Returning items late jeopardizes our borrowing relationship with the lending library. You are responsible for all material checked out to you through your ILLiad account. Your account will be billed for damaged material.

Articles: You will receive an email notifying you that your material has arrived and is ready for retrieval through your ILLiad account. Once sent, articles are available for 30 days. Downloading and saving or printing upon receiving is strongly suggested.

Renewing Interlibrary Loan materials: You may request a renewal of an Interlibrary Loan item by logging on to your ILLiad account, or by sending an email to asking for a renewal. Be sure to include the TN number in your request. Please note the lending library is responsible for the decision as to whether an item can be renewed and for how long.

Top 5 Interlibrary Loan Tips

  1. See a reference librarian if you do not have a complete citation
  2. On the ILLiad form, the Notes section allows you to include extra information. Talk to us!
  3. Keep the bands on the books. Bands include important information, including your due date.
  4. Chapter requests will not be accepted as an ILL request if the book is available in one of our catalogs.
  5. Students, don't let your request be canceled. The most canceled requests are:
      • Books available in the SLU, MOBIUS and Prospector catalogs, including SLU e-books
      • Duplicate requests, which includes requests for books not picked up
      • Incomplete requests