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Interlibrary Loan: About

Instructions for how to request an interlibrary loan (ILL) at the University of Virginia Law Library.


Interlibrary Loan Services for Law Students and Faculty

Borrowing Overview

Interlibrary loan services are provided free of charge to UVa law faculty and students for materials not available at any U.Va. library. Items that can be borrowed include books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, government documents, and materials in microform. The turnaround time depends on the lending institution, but averages one week. Delays or problems with your request will be communicated to you via e-mail.

Interlibrary loan borrowing requests are processed by the University Library’s Interlibrary Services Department. If you have borrowing questions, you may e-mail, or call 434-982-2617. You may also ask a reference librarian at the Law Library for assistance.

Materials are usually loaned for a period of 56 days. Contact the ILL department if you need the item longer.

For alumni and members of the Virginia bench and bar, the library provides photocopies of journal articles, cases, and statutes, as allowed under copyright law. Please direct your questions to the library’s reference desk, either in person or by phone at 434-924-7465. 

How to Place a Request

Before submitting an ILL request, check the VIRGO online catalog to see if any U.Va. library owns it. If another U.Va. library owns the material, check to see if your request is eligible for Student Delivery Service (SDS), a delivery service for law students, faculty and staff. If the item is checked out, click Recall Item and enter your computing ID and the last 4 digits of your social security number OR the last 4 digits of your university ID (for anyone entering U.Va. in August, 2007 or later). Select Law as the pickup library. When the item becomes available, you will receive an e-mail telling you it is on hold for you here. 

If the title is unavailable, you should request an Interlibrary loan (ILL) following these steps:

  • Visit the Interlibrary Services login page, OR
  • In VIRGO, click Request LEO delivery. Click All UVA Users. 
    • To register, click First Time User and fill out the required fields on the form. Once registered, type in your user name and password.
    • On the left of the screen, select the request type and fill in the required fields.
    • Notice that in this column you may also look at pending requests, renew checked out materials, and a variety of other options.

If the title in VIRGO is missing, or if you want a different edition, click on the Request Unavailable Item, followed by For U.Va. users not affiliated with Health Sciences. You will notice that the fields for the record you are currently viewing will already be filled out on the form (which you can edit, if necessary). 

Loans to Other Institutions

Interlibrary loan lending requests are processed through the Law Library. If you are a library or law firm and wish to borrow materials or receive copies or scans, please submit your requests via one of the following:

UVA Library 
Interlibrary Loan Dept. 
580 Massie Rd.
Charlottesville, VA  22903

  • phone (434) 924-3519.

The ILL lending office is open Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm.

About This Guide

The Law Library provides many services for the University of Virginia School of Law faculty. For questions not answered here, please email Refdesk.

Request Interlibrary Services

Student Delivery Service (SDS)

For retrieval of materials at other U.Va. libraries.  

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

For requesting materials not available at the U.Va. libraries.