Interlibrary Loan

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The Robert Crown Law Library maintains agreements with libraries around the globe to obtain books, articles, documents, and other materials not available at Stanford’s campus libraries. This service is available for Stanford Law School faculty, students and staff. If the research materials you need cannot be obtained at Stanford, submit a request.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form

Please contact for questions about our interlibrary loan policies and services.

Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary loan (ILL) is our service used to obtain journal articles and borrow books that are not available
from the Stanford University Libraries. We obtain materials from libraries across the nation, and if
necessary, around the world.


Who may submit an interlibrary loan request?
We process interlibrary loan requests for current SLS-affiliated faculty, students, fellows and staff.
What can and cannot be requested?
As a matter of policy, the law library does not interlibrary loan any item that can be located in any of the libraries on campus or online (via the Internet, Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis, etc.). If an item is not on the shelf at our library or Stanford campus libraries please have the staff search for it before submitting an ILL request. If it is in use you must recall it. Rare books, reference material, videotapes and films are difficult to borrow. Be aware that whole issues of periodicals typically do not circulate but we can obtain photocopies of journal articles. If you feel a title should be acquired by our library please let us know as well.
Who provides materials to us?
Our law library maintains relationships with numerous libraries around the globe. We determine the best source for the material needed and submit our requests needed and submit our requests including peer libraries within our SHARES consortium.  
How long does it take to obtain interlibrary loan items?
We strive to process requests within a day of receipt and try to obtain materials from the fastest, most reliable source. It can be as quick as one day or as long as three to four weeks to receive the material you need - this does depend on the library that owns the material we are seeking. On average we receive journal articles in 1-4 working days. Books usually arrive within a week.
How long can we keep interlibrary loan materials?
The loan period for books and microforms is 3-4 weeks. Photocopies are for your retention.
Is there a charge for interlibrary loans?
We try as much as possible to obtain materials from our consortia partner libraries and for most items you will not incur any charges or fees. We absorb charges up to $25.00 per item.
How do I request interlibrary loan items?
You can access the Interlibrary Loan form this link. You are encouraged to speak to our reference desk staff or contact us at, for assistance


Policies for Other Libraries

The Stanford Law Library lends circulating materials and makes copies of journal articles and some non-circulating materials to other institutions. Please note that casebooks, looseleafs, new books, course & permanent reserve items, study aids, serials, Vrooman collection materials, archival materials, and video and reference materials do not circulate from our collection. We may also exclude other titles, including those in heavy use and popular reading materials.

Our preferred requesting method is via OCLC Worldshare (Symbol: RCJ). We also accept requests by email ( and mail. Mailed requests should be on an ALA Form (preferred) or letterhead, and include, if possible, the call number of the requested material.

Typically, our loan period is 8 weeks, with a maximum of 2 renewals. Our renewal period is usually 4 weeks. Our maximum number of loans is 5 per institution.

Delivery Methods
For Loans: Shipping via UPS
For Electronic Copies: Delivery via Illiad Odyssey, OCLC’s Article Exchange, or PDF via email.

Library Lending Fee Schedule for Libraries

  Loans Electronic copies
Academic Law: $20 $20
Academic: $20 $20
Public & Government:          $20 $20
Law Firm Libraries: $50 $50

There is no lending charge to SHARES participants, and institutions with whom we have written reciprocal agreements.

Replacement and processing fees will be assessed at $150 per book. We may accept, at our discretion, a reasonable replacement copy, plus a $25 processing fee, upon request.

In addition, a charge for faxed materials of $5.00 for every 10 pages will be added to the above fees. An invoice will be sent with each request.

Borrowers may be assessed additional charges for materials returned late or damaged.

We prefer to bill via IFM. If no IFM is available, an invoice will be sent with the item. Checks must be made out to the Robert Crown Law Library. We do not accept credit card payments. Borrowing privileges will be automatically suspended in the event of overdue payments.

Notice 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 reproductions. 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 that order would involve violation of the law.