Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are available to current U.C. Hastings students, faculty, and staff.  To make an ILL request, please follow the instructions below: 

  1. Check the UC Hastings Law Library Catalog to make sure we do not own the material you want. 
  2. To request a book:
    1. Go to WorldCat
    2. Search for the book you want to borrow
    3. Click on the blue link to "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan"
    4. Complete the short form
    5. Click the submit button
  3. To request a journal article or materials not found on WorldCat, complete the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

Journal Members: To save time on your source-pulls, watch this short video before submitting your ILL requests.

We provide materials that are needed for academic purposes and that are not available at the UC Hastings Law Library. Interlibrary Loan services are provided only for UC Hastings faculty, journals, law students, law school staff, and law library staff.

Materials Offered:
Books, theses, dissertations, and some materials produced in microform may be borrowed. Photocopies of non-circulating materials, primarily periodical articles, may be requested in accordance with US copyright law. Items missing from the UC Hastings Law Library may also be borrowed.

Materials NOT Offered:
Casebooks/textbooks for current courses (including older editions); books owned by this library and temporarily in use; periodical volumes; newspaper articles; materials intended for reserve; bulky or fragile items; audio tapes, videotapes, and compact discs; reference books; and rare or valuable materials such as manuscripts.

How much does it cost?
We attempt to borrow for free. If the lender charges more than $15, we pass that cost on to the borrower. You will be notified before the order is placed if a cost is involved.

How long does it take to receive materials?
Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. When requesting materials, please be aware that the time taken for materials to arrive depends upon the difficulty of the request, how the proximity of the lending library to Hastings, and how much time lending libraries take to fill the request.

When materials arrive, you will receive an email notification. Print materials will be held for seven days behind the Circulation Desk in the Library. If they are not picked up within this time-frame they will be returned to the lending library. PDFs of articles will be emailed directly to you.

Special Conditions:
The lending library may impose special conditions on use, such as library use only, non-renewable, or user's signature required. Conditions are noted on the UC Hastings ILL band attached to the book. When you accept the loan, you are obliged to honor these conditions.

Loan Period:
The loan period and renewal options are determined by the lending library. The loan period is usually 2 to 4 weeks. Photocopies may be kept by the requestor. If you would like to request a renewal, call or email at least one week before the due date, as renewals may take a few days to process. Students will be notified of renewal status via a memo dropped in their SIC folder.

Returning Materials:
All materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be returned to the UC Hastings Law Library Circulation Desk. Late return of materials jeopardizes the ability of UC Hastings Law Library to borrow from libraries in the future.

Loss or Damage:
You, the borrower, are financially responsible for any damage to or loss of interlibrary loan materials, from the time you pick them up until you return them to the UC Hastings Law Library. Should any damage occur, report it to Hastings Interlibrary Loan Department. Do not attempt to repair the damage yourself.

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 purposes 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 violate copyright law.

Questions about Interlibrary Loan at UC Hastings? Contact the ILL Department:
email: or phone: (415) 565-4765.

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