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Interlibrary Resource Sharing and Document Services at Jacob Burns Law Library

ILL Users

Interlibrary resource sharing 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.   


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Your ILL account

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

  • Access your ILL  account by inputting your law school email userid and password in JACOB.
  • Request ILL material by using the GW Law Library WorldCat Discovery catalog, locate the material and click on "request the item." 
    • Use the signin button (top right) to access your ILL account.  

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 Interlibrary Resource Sharing 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.  

Lost/Damaged Books

Borrowing items from other libraries is a privilege.  Therefore if items are lost and/or damaged fines and fees will be incurred.

  • An item is declared lost if overdue 3 weeks or sooner if it is the end of the semester.
  • An invoice will be sent to you for the replacement cost (plus processing fees) and overdue fees. 
  • If you find the book prior to payment of the invoice, please return asap.  All fees except overdue fees will be waived.
  • If you find the book after the invoice has been paid, there will be no refund. You can add the book to your collection. 
  • Unpaid invoices will result in blocks placed on your library accounts.  And, if necessary, a hold will be placed on your University account.
  • Fees for damaged books will be determined by the lending library.  You may be responsible for replacement of the book.