Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan

The following document delivery services are available for obtaining books, articles and other research materials.

Borrow Direct

Use Borrow Direct to borrow books from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, and Princeton. Most books are available for pick up at the Law Library within 4 business days. If the book you want is not available from Borrow Direct, you should use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) .

Interlibrary Loan

Yale Law School Faculty, Students, and Staff

Interlibrary loan supports research and course-related activity of the Yale Law community by obtaining photocopies and short-term loans of materials that are not available at Yale.


Requests should be submitted via our web form at:


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) borrowing is available to any member of the Yale Law School community – faculty, students, and staff.  If a patron needs a book or copy of an article that is not available within the Yale University Library system, library staff can attempt to borrow from another library.  We advise you to check with a reference librarian prior to completing a request form.  They can assist with locating materials within the Yale Libraries as well as locating full text electronic resources.  This would be faster than waiting for the arrival of Interlibrary Loan materials.


Requesting Material

Generally ILL is intended for borrowing material that is not available on this campus, however exceptions may be made. If an item is noted as missing in MORRIS or Orbis, make note of this in the Notes field, such as MORRIS says copy is missing.

  • We do not request items that are on reserve at the Law Library
  • We do not request material that is available in PDF format online
  • We will request items that patrons are not able to locate only after a search has been completed by the Circulation staff.  Please indicate this in the “Notes” field.
  • We will borrow checked-out materials only after a recall has failed.  Please indicate this in the “Notes” field.
  • Newspapers: Every effort is made to obtain pdf copies or microfilm or microfiche for a particular article. Please note obtaining copies of articles is often difficult and sometimes will result in a re-formatted copy of the required article rather than an exact duplication.


Delivery Timeframe

Material is generally sent by UPS or US Mail. It can take 7–10 days.  Some requests take longer and other requests may arrive in 2-3 days.  The ILL staff assumes that all material is needed in a timely manner and makes every effort to get the material to this campus in the shortest time possible.  If a request is marked by the patron as a RUSH, staff will place a priority, however there are no guarantees.



Students and staff will receive email notification when material arrives.  Pick up is at the Law Library Circulation Desk.  Material for faculty is delivered to their offices.  Photocopied material is sent electronically.


Length of Loan Period

The loan period is set by the lending library.  In most circumstances the material is loaned for 4 weeks.  The due date is marked on the orange book band.



Courtesy notices are sent for all ILL material 5 days before the borrowed item is due.  Renewal requests can be sent to  Please include the ILL number which is noted on the orange book band.  Library staff will contact the lending library asking permission to renew the item.  Patrons will be informed of the outcome by the library staff.




IN LIBRARY USE: Occasionally a lender will require that material be used in the library.  Patrons will be notified that the material is in the Law Library Rare Book Room on L2.

PHOTOCOPYING: Some libraries will not permit photocopying.  This will be noted on the orange book band.

NO RENEWALS:  If required, this will be noted on the orange book band.
During busy times student requests may be limited to no more than 10 requests per student per day. This is at the discretion of the Interlibrary Loan staff and supervisor.


Returning ILL Material

All borrowed material is to be returned to the Law Library Circulation Desk on L3.  Patrons with unreturned books or books that were damaged while in their possession will be charged replacement/repair costs determined by the lending library and in addition a $25.00 processing fee.  Charges are submitted to the Bursar.


Items Not Available Through Interlibrary Loan

Occasionally we are not able to obtain material that is requested.  If the title is in keeping with our Collection Development Policy we may purchase the item.  Patrons will be notified if this is the case.  If there is a problem with a citation, the patron will be referred to Reference staff for assistance.  Source citers may be encouraged to contact the author of the piece.


For further information contact Alison Burke ( at (203) 432-8021. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Non-Yale Libraries, Organizations, and Individuals

We provide interlibrary lending and copying services to other libraries, academic institutions, government and non-profit entities as well as for-profit organizations.  We do not accept requests from individuals.  If you are not affiliated with an academic institution and wish to borrow material from the Law Library, please contact your local library to place a request. 

Contact Information:

Phone:  203-432-1640 or 432-8021
Fax:  203-432-9692

Lillian Goldman Library
Yale Law School
Interlibrary Loan
127 Wall Street
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215


OCLC libraries should submit their request via OCLC.  If you are a SHARES or NELLCO member, please indicate your affiliation on your request.  Our OCLC symbol is GXR.  Please submit separate requests for each item requested.

We will also accept requests via email ( or via fax.

We generally lend circulating items from our catalog [] with the following exceptions:

-Popular DVD Collection
-Items on reserve
-Fragile items
-Pre-1875 imprints
-Reference items

Items that may be loaned or copied at our discretion:

-microfilm and microfiche
-Special collections

Loan Period

Books are usually loaned for 6 weeks (from date of shipment).  Certain items may be loaned for shorter duration.  Renewal requests are accepted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Processing time 

Every effort is made to process requests in a timely manner.  Requests generally take 2-3 business days to process, longer for special items. 

We cannot accommodate rush requests from the for-profit community. 


We ship via UPS and shipping costs are included in the cost of the loan.  For expedited shipping, please provide your FedEx account number on the request and specify the level of service.

International shipping is done via FedEx.  A standardized street address (no P.O. Boxes) and telephone number are required.

Photocopies may be sent either by Ariel (preferred), fax or US Mail.


Overdue notices are sent monthly.  Items that have not been renewed or returned 60 days after the original due date will be billed for the cost of replacement plus a $25 non-refundable charge. 

Fees and Billing

 Articles:   no charge
 Loans:  no charge

 Articles:   $10
 Loans:  $10

 Articles:   $20
 Loans:  $20
 International: $30

For-profit institutions (pre-payment may be required)

 Articles $40 
 Loans  $40
 International $60

Payment through OCLC’s IFM is preferred.  Checks or IFLA vouchers are also accepted.  We can not accept credit card payments at this time.  An invoice will be included with the loan or article at time of shipment for all others.  Prompt payment is requested.
Checks should be payable to:

Lillian Goldman Law Library/Yale Law School

Mail payment to:

Lillian Goldman Law Library
Interlibrary Loan Department
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Invoices unpaid after 60 days will incur additional fees.
Invoices unpaid after 90 days will result in a suspension of services.

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