Frequently Asked ILL Questions

What is Interlibrary Loan?

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides users with access to materials not available in the Legal Research Center (LRC), Copley Library, or books available through the Circuit system.

What is the San Diego Circuit?

  • A consortium of San Diego library systems that have agreements to share materials.
  • Visit the San Diego Circuit for more information.

Who may use LRC Interlibrary Loan services?

  • Currently enrolled USD law students, law faculty, and law staff.

What can be borrowed?

  • Books, journal articles, reports, government documents, and other materials may be requested. Lending libraries reserve the right to refuse to loan any material.
  • The LRC does not borrow course materials for students through interlibrary loan.

How much does it cost?

  • ILL costs are determined by the lending library. Patrons may be required to assume the cost of borrowing materials. The LRC will contact you if payment is required.

How long will it take?

  • The average transaction takes about ten days, but the actual length of time depends upon the lending library and the mail service.

How long may I keep borrowed materials?

  • Loan periods are at the discretion of the lending library but usually run one week to one month from the date the item is received. Requests for loan renewal must be made before the item is due. All materials borrowed must be returned on time and in the same condition as received. The patron is responsible for any overdue fines assessed by the lending library or for any charges if a borrowed item is damaged, lost, or stolen. Abuse of the ILL service will result in a suspension of LRC borrowing privileges.

ILL system (ILLiad) FAQs

  • You may wish to read the ILLiad FAQ, which may answer other questions you have about the ILLiad interlibrary loan system.

Notice Regarding 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 reproduction. 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 the order would involve a violation of copyright law.


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