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Before requesting an interlibrary loan, a library user should first explore the library collection of his/her primary library by searching the online catalog and the appropriate electronic databases.
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the process by which a library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library upon the request of a library user.
What is the purpose of Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary loan is intended to complement local library collections and is not a substitute for good collections intended to meet the routine needs of users. Before requesting an interlibrary loan, a library user should first explore the library collection of his/her primary library by searching the online catalog and the appropriate electronic databases. ILL is based on a tradition of sharing resources between various types and sizes of libraries and rests on the belief that no library, no matter how large or well supported, is self-sufficient in today's world.
Who can use the Interlibrary Loan Service?
Creighton University Law School faculty, students and staff may submit interlibrary loan requests by clicking the link at the bottom of this page and filling out the form. Faculty, students and staff from other Creighton departments can submit interlibrary loan requests at either the Reinert Alumni Library or the Health Sciences Library. Members of the public who have borrowing privileges with the law library may submit requests for photocopies but may not request books. To find out who is eligible for borrowing privileges, see Circulation Services.
Is there a charge for this service?
For Creighton Law School faculty, students and staff the service is free. Law Library guest users are assessed a fee for this services based on the Document Delivery fee schedule.
How long does it take to receive the requested material?
Many materials may be obtained in a week or two, but some may take longer or may not be available at all. Because it is difficult to predict the turnaround time for an interlibrary loan, please allow as much lead-time as possible.
How long can I keep ILL books?
The loan period is set by the lending library and is generally just short of one month. Due dates are written on a book band that will be wrapped around the cover of the requested book.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17,U.S.C.) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any other purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purpose in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.