Interlibrary Loan Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to borrow materials through interlibrary loan?

We provide materials that are needed for academic purposes and that are not available at the UC Hastings Law Library. Interlibrary Loan services are provided only for UC Hastings faculty, journals, law students, law school staff, and law library staff.

What kinds of materials may I borrow?

Books, theses, dissertations, and some materials produced in microform may be borrowed. Photocopies of non-circulating materials, primarily periodical articles, may be requested in accordance with US copyright law. Items missing from the UC Hastings Law Library may also be borrowed.

What kinds of materials may not be borrowed?

Casebooks/textbooks for current courses (including older editions); books owned by this library and temporarily in use; periodical volumes; newspaper articles; materials intended for reserve; bulky or fragile items; audio tapes, videotapes, and compact discs; reference books; and rare or valuable materials such as manuscripts.

How much does it cost?

We attempt to borrow for free. If the lender charges more than $15, we pass that cost on to the borrower. You will be notified before the order is placed if a cost is involved.

How long does it take to receive materials?

Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. When requesting materials, please be aware that the time taken for materials to arrive depends upon the difficulty of the request, how the proximity of the lending library to UC Hastings, and how much time lending libraries take to fill the request.

How will I be notified?

When materials arrive, you will receive an email notification. Print materials will be held for seven days behind the Circulation Desk in the Library. If they are not picked up within this time-frame they will be returned to the lending library. PDFs of articles will be emailed directly to you.

What if the material is needed for a law review edit?

When submitting the request, you must indicate if the material is needed for a law review edit, and if so, for which journal. Books borrowed for law review edits must be kept at the Circulation Desk and are for library use only.

What is the loan period for books borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?

The loan period and renewal options are determined by the lending library. The loan period is usually 2 to 4 weeks; however, you may request renewals.

Where should I return Interlibrary Loan materials?

All materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be returned to the UC Hastings Law Library Circulation Desk. Late return of materials jeopardizes the ability of UC Hastings Law Library to borrow from libraries in the future.

What happens if I lose or damage an item?

You, the borrower, are financially responsible for any damage to or loss of interlibrary loan materials, from the time you pick them up until you return them to the UC Hastings Law Library. Should any damage occur, report it to Hastings Interlibrary Loan Department. Do not attempt to repair the damage yourself.

Who do I contact if I have problems with or questions about Interlibrary Loan or ILLiad?

System Problems or InterLibrary Loan Questions: InterLibrary Loan office at (415) 565-4765 or e-mail to
Technical Support Questions: E-mail anytime to