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Interlibrary Loan Services FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions About Interlibrary Loan Services
What is interlibrary loan service?
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a library-to-library loan service for eligible University of Minnesota law students, faculty, and staff. The primary purpose of ILL is to assist scholarly research by obtaining materials not available locally, but there are no content restrictions on requests. If you need an item not available locally, we may be able to arrange a loan from a participating library.
Who is eligible to use the Law Library's ILL service?
Students (currently enrolled), faculty, and staff of the University of Minnesota Law School. Faculty, students, and staff in other disciplines or affiliated with other University of Minnesota colleges, may use the ILL service at the library that serves your discipline or college, e.g. Wilson Library. Go to https://umn.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/logon.html for more information.
Materials that MAY be requested:
Materials that MAY NOT be requested:
Yes, these include:
Law School Faculty and Staff
Send requests to David Zopfi-Jordan by any of the following methods:
Use this Online Request Form
There are no fees for ILL to the patron; the library pays the costs.
Typically 1-4 weeks for photocopies; 2 weeks to 2 months for books. Rare, recent, and in-demand items may take longer. Please place your requests well in advance of your deadlines.
Contact our ILL staff: email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (612) 625-9534. Note: It typically takes 1 - 4 weeks for photocopies and 2 weeks to 2 months for books to arrive. Rare, recent, and in-demand items may take longer.
We will contact you via e-mail or phone upon receipt of materials or if we are unable to fill your request. Items are held at the library circulation desk for pick-up or delivered to faculty offices.
Photocopies of items, e.g. journal articles and book chapters, are yours to keep at no charge. Due date information and any restrictions for loans of original items, e.g. books and theses, will be noted on a book band placed on the front cover of the borrowed material. Items supplied by the Minitex network are not renewable. The loan and renewal periods for materials borrowed from other sources are determined by the lending library. If you need the material for a longer time please contact us approximately one week before the item is due and we will attempt to renew it.
Original items, e.g. books and videos, that have been loaned should be returned to the Circulation Desk in the Law Library. Please leave all bands and paperwork intact. Please do not return ILL items to any other campus library.
You are responsible for overdue fines for items borrowed for you via ILL. You are responsible for fines imposed by both the Law Library's circulation department through the MNCAT circulation system and the lending library. Please return your ILL materials on time. Failure to do so may result in suspension of ILL services for you and may jeopardize our ILL privileges with the lending library.
If you damage or lose material that has been borrowed through Interlibrary Loan, please contact our ILL staff (phone: (612) 625-9534) right away. We will contact the lending library to determine replacement or repair fees. You will be charged and responsible for payment of these fees.
Certain federal copyright laws and guidelines apply to ILL borrowing and lending requests. Under copyright law, ILL photocopy requests are limited to only one article per journal issue or one chapter per book per patron. If you need more than one article from a journal issue, you may be asked to pay copyright fees for the additional article(s). If you need more than one chapter per book, we will likely be able to borrow the book for you. Copyright guidelines also limit us to requesting five articles total from any journal in the previous five years. You may be asked to pay copyright fees if we have already borrowed our maximum number of articles from a particular title. In some cases, we may not be able to determine copyright fees (which range from inexpensive to very expensive), but may instead have to contact the publisher for copying permission.
Also note: NOTICE: WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) 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 specific 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 in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.
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