If you're a W&M Law student, you can use Interlibrary Loan to borrow or get copies/scans from books, journals, and other items that you need for your law school studies or production of legal scholarship but are not available at the Law Library. (If you're ILLing materials for a cite check, see ILLs for W&M Law Journal Members Doing Cite Checks.)
How to place an ILL request
- Make a request using our request forms. Choose whether you want a book or other physical item, or a copy/scan of an article or chapter.
- All fields marked with a (*) on the ILL form must be filled in. If you need help, please reach out to a reference librarian.
What happens next
Once you submit a request, the ILL staff locates the material for you and handles the transaction from there. We don't charge our users for ILLs and most materials are supplied to us for free. However, sometimes we have no choice but to use a lending library that does charge a fee to loan/scan something. In that case, we will notify you of the charges you would be responsible for and determine whether you still want to proceed with the request.
Getting your materials
ILL materials can take as long as two weeks to arrive, especially those that have to be physically shipped to us. Scans and items from nearby libraries can take significantly less time.
When your item does arrive, we will email you with pickup instructions (for physical materials) or a link if your item is a copy/scan.
Retention of Scanned ILL Materials
We store scans of every photocopy/scan requested through Interlibrary Loan for a period of time in case you need to re-download something. However, we don't keep copies of anything for more than six months.
Please direct inquiries to [[lawill]].