The Catholic University of America

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What is interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that allows CUA law faculty, students and staff to borrow materials from other libraries when those materials are not available at the DuFour Law Library.

Who can request an interlibrary loan?

ILL service is available to current CUA Law students, faculty, and staff.

Materials that may not be requested via ILL include:

  • Materials which are non-circulating but still available at the Law Library (for instance, reserve or reference materials)

  • Materials that are available at CUA's Mullen Library

  • Any item that costs more than $20 to obtain.

  • Multiple ILL requests for the same item.

Before submitting a request

Before placing an ILL request, please check the following resources:

  • Columbo, DuFour Law Library's online catalog.

  • Aladin, the online catalog for CUA's Mullen Library and The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), a consortium of local university libraries.
    • Items that are available from CUA Mullen library may be borrowed using your CUA I.D. The DuFour Law Library does not accept ILL requests for items that are available at Mullen Library.
    • Items that are available at WRLC libraries other than CUA may be borrowed in person or by using the Consortium Loan Service (CLS). The DuFour Law Library will accept ILL request for items located at WRLC libraries (other than CUA), but you will receive your materials faster (3 - 5 business days) if you borrow them via the Consortium Loan Service.
  • Online Journal Finder (includes full-text articles on Westlaw, Lexis, HeinOnline (pdf), and other journal databases).

How to submit a request

ILL requests must be submitted online at:

Turnaround time for requested materials to arrive

Materials are sent via US mail and generally take 2 weeks to arrive. Materials borrowed outside the D.C. area may take longer. Requestors will be notified via e-mail when an ILL has been received. ILLs can be picked up at the Circulation Desk.

ILL fees

We make every effort to borrow from libraries that do not charge. In the event that we cannot obtain an item without incurring a fee, the library will pay up to $20.00 for a request. This is at the discretion of the library administration and is subject to change at any time.

The law library does not pay for lost or damaged materials. The cost for replacement of lost or damaged materials will be billed to the requestor. Please be aware that the lending library determines the cost of replacing an item and that these costs can be considerable.

Due dates, renewals & returns

Renewals are at the discretion of the lending libraries.  Renewal requests should be submitted before the book is due.  Only one renewal request per item is permitted. Materials may not be renewed online. Please contact the circulation department to request a renewal.

Failure to return ILLs promptly jeopardizes our relationship with lending libraries.  Borrowers who return ILL materials late will be required to pay late fees of $1.00 per day.  Borrowers who have overdue ILLs will not be permitted to request ILLs or to borrow books from CUA’s law library.  Borrowers are also responsible for paying for lost or damaged ILL books. Failure to return an ILL or to pay late fees may result in a hold on the borrower’s academic record.


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 photo- copy 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.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


For further information, please contact:

Dawn Sobol, Circulation/Interlibrary Loan Librarian


Lending Policy

Phone & Fax Requests

Phone: 202-319-4458       Fax: 202-319-5581

The Law Library accepts local phone and fax requests Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   The DuFour Law Library loans to any library in the area and does not charge for this service.  The library will loan bound volumes of periodicals, single-volume treatises and small mult-volume sets.  The library does not loan issues of unbound periodicals, reporters, codes, digests, looseleaf volumes or microform materials.  The library may make exceptions, depending on the request.  The library does not photocopy materials for phone or fax requests.  Materials must be picked up and returned by courier.  Borrowing libraries must request materials by phone or fax before sending a courier.  Borrowing libraries must send an ALA form with the courier or fax the ALA form.


The DuFour Law Library loans to any library in the United States and occasionally loans to libraries outside the U.S.  The library does not charge for interlibrary loan.  The library will loan single-volume treatises, small multi-volume sets and small looseleaf sets.  The library will photocopy materials which do not exceed 50 pages.  The library will fax articles which do not exceed twenty photocopied pages.  The library does not generally loan periodicals (bound or unbound), reporters, codes, or digests.  All materials are sent by mail.  The library does not send materials via UPS or Federal Express.