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Interlibrary Resource Sharing and Document Services at Jacob Burns Law Library

Submitting a request

What is the best catalog to use to search for items I need?

It is best to use  GW Law Library WorldCat: https://gwlaw.worldcat.org/.  Once you have located the item you want in WorldCat, click the blue “Request Item through Interlibrary Loan” button to transfer accurate information to the ILL request form.

I am working as an RA for a faculty member. How do I request a book be borrowed for her/him?

IMPORTANT: We advise the RA not to borrow ILL items on behalf of the faculty member.  Their is no such thing as a "proxy" ILL account. The faculty member must submit their own ILL reqeusts or contact their librarian liaisons.  However, if the faculty member has provided the RA with his/her credentials, the RA can submit the request using those credentials.

Why did I receive an email indicating I will have to pay copyright fees?

If the library is required by law to request permission and fees are imposed, they are the responsibility of the patron (student). The email will have details regarding your options.

I requested the title page, copyright page and or front matter along with the article but the front matter wasn't sent. Can I submit another request just for the front matter?

Unfortunately, not all libraries are complete when they fulfill a request.  If the library has provided the substantive material, i.e. the article or book excerpt, the request is considered adequately fulfilled.  We suggest you look at online sources to verify title page and copyright information. We will not process requests for the front matter only.  If we receive another request for material from the same source, it is possible that copyright fees will need to be paid by the patron.