ILL (Interlibrary Loan)

UCI Law community members can borrow books from other academic libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).


ILL - the Basics

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Track ILL requests online: Use your My Library Account through UC Library Search. UC books will be grouped by the UC they are borrowed from, and books outside the UC system will be listed under UC Irvine.

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Renew ILL items online: Use your My Library Account through UC Library Search.  Some lenders do not allow renewals - plan accordingly. For books outside the UC system, clicking Renew in My Library Account does not actually renew the item - it sends a renewal request to the owning library. Watch emails and My Library Account for follow up.

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Leave the paper wrapper on the books - it's how we know where to mail them.

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Pick up and return your items promptly.

  • Books and other hard copies -- Pick up and return at the Front Desk in the Law Library. They are held for 14 days.
  • Scanned articles and other electronic documents -- Download them using the link provided within 30 days.

ILL - the Fine Print

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Email is how you'll be notified about the status of your requests for books, articles, or any other material.

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Hard-to-get material. Some things are rarely available through ILL because other libraries don't lend them. This includes (but is not limited to) current study aids and casebooks, new fiction, and DVDs. 

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Timing. It can take up to 2 weeks (or more) for items to arrive. Items from other University of California libraries frequently arrive within a few days.

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Fines. Overdue items, lost items, and damaged items might incur charges, depending on the policy of the lending library. You are responsible for all of these types of charges, which can include processing fees in addition to the replacement cost of lost or damaged items.


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