Interlibrary Loan

Law Students and Faculty

The Law Library's Interlibrary Loan department supports the research needs of students and faculty in the College of Law by borrowing materials from other libraries upon request.

Law students and faculty may request items from other non-UI libraries by filling out a form that is available at the Circulation Desk or by sending an e-mail to the Interlibrary Loan staff. The Law Library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). OCLC has over 72,035 participating institutions; 740 of the OCLC participating institutions are law libraries. Due to this membership, the Law Library has borrowing privileges from the collections of other member institutions. Because delivery may take as long as three to four weeks, give the Interlibrary Loan staff as much lead time as possible.

The membership agreements for some institutions provide for free photocopies of articles. However, not all institutions participate; if there is a fee for copies, the Law Library has limited funds to cover them. If you are a member of a journal staff or moot court, or you are a research assistant, these organizations or your faculty member often will cover the charges not covered by the Law Library. Check with your organization or faculty secretary before you ask for ILL copies. If research is related to a grant, provide a signed requisition form with the grant number so that charges can be billed to the appropriate grant fund.

If you would like to submit an interlibrary loan request, contact John Bergstrom, Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, at 319-335-9015 or john-bergstrom@uiowa.edu.