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Interlibrary Loan and Document Services at Jacob Burns Law Library

ILL Users

Interlibrary loan is available to faculty, students and staff of the law school.  The service obtains material for you from institutions all over the world, if the material is not available at the Jacob Burns Law Library, Gelman Library or Himmelfarb Medical Library. Lending of material by other institutions is a courtesy.  Therefore, returning the items on time is important.  Late fees are assessed for books returned after the due date.   


Your ILL account

Current law students, faculty and staff automatically have an account in the interlibrary loan system.  

  • Access into the interlibrary loan system is through single sign-on with your law school userid/password
  • Request ILL material by using the GW Law Library WorldCat Discovery catalog, locate the material and click on "request the item." 

Policies and Tips

  • The staff makes every effort to get the material as quickly as possible.  However, since we are dependent upon a lending library it make take up to 3 weeks for a lender to either fulfill or deny the request.
  • Copyright fees are the responsibility of the patron.  The ILL staff will alert you, via email, if a request requires payment of copyright.  
  • Overdue fees are assessed at $3.00 per day.  They will not be waived. In addition to fees, excessive overdue can result in loss of ILL privileges, loss of library circulation privileges and/or a hold on your law school account.  Please work with us and return items on time.  

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Contact and Ask Questions

The ILL office is open Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  If you have a question contact the department either by email (best method) or phone.  

Email (best method):

Phone: (202)994-4156