Interlibrary Loan FAQS

Members of the New York Law School community may request to borrow materials that are not available at NYLS from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Interlibrary Loan FAQs

*Who May Use Interlibrary Loan?

Faculty, students, and staff may use interlibrary loan.

*What Types of Materials May I Borrow?

Lending libraries often restrict the items which they allow to be borrowed through interlibrary loan. Though books and copies of articles in periodicals are often loaned, the following types of items are often unavailable:

*multi-volume sets


*very recent periodicals

*entire issues of periodicals

*reference or reserve materials

*rare books/original manuscripts

*items held in specials collections

What Should I Do Before Submitting My Request?

You should check the NYLS catalog and the electronic journals list to make sure that the item is not available in our collection.

How Do I Submit My Request?


Requests are taken by librarians at the Reference Desk on the 1st floor of the library at 185 W Broadway.  For books, you need to know the author and the title of the item. For articles, you need to know the author, title of the article, name of the periodical, the volume number, the date of the publication, and the page number. Requests may also be submitted by completing this form and emailing it as an attachment to

Law Review:

The law review interlibrary loan borrowing policy and procedure are set forth in the Guide the Mendik Library for NYLS Law Review.




Your faculty liaison will help you place interlibrary loan requests. The liaison will also help you identify additional sources for your research. If you would like your research assistants to place interlibrary loan requests on your behalf, your liaison will help make those arrangements.


What Does Interlibrary Loan Cost?

New York Law School does not charge its community members interlibrary loan transaction fees. However, the patron will be responsible for any charges assessed by a lending institution, including fines for material returned after its due date. Failure to pay fines or other charges of a lending library will result in a suspension of Mendik Library privileges.

How Long Does Interlibrary Loan Take?

Materials usually are available for pickup at the library circulation desk two to three weeks after the request was received. The length of time depends on the availability of the item and how quickly other libraries respond to our requests. We try to obtain items as quickly as possible, but there are occasional delays due to circumstances beyond our control.

Where Do I Pick Up the Item?

When the requested item arrives, you will be contacted by email. The item will be available for pick up at the library circulation desk, on the 1st floor.

How Long May I Keep the Book?

The lending library determines the length of the loan period. Each interlibrary loan item will have a bookstrap which will clearly indicate the due date. If you think you may need to renew the item, please contact  one week before the item is due. A lending library may recall a book before the due date. If that occurs, we will contact you. Failure to return a recalled book will automatically block the borrower from borrowing additional items from the Mendik Library until the recalled item is returned.

What Does Copyright Law Have To Do With Interlibrary Loan?

The copyright law of the United States 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 purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. NYLS reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Interlibrary Loan
Mendik Library
New York Law School
185 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013