The Law Library will attempt to borrow materials needed for academic or research purposes that are not available at the Law Library. There is no charge for this service. Click here for access to the interlibrary loan user's guide.
The Law Library's interlibrary loan service is available only to current Boston College Law School faculty, students and staff. The service is not available to Boston College Law School alumni or other visitors to the Law Library. All other BC affiliates please see the University Libraries' web page Request Materials. Users not affiliated with Boston College should seek assistance from the library at their home institution or from their local public library.
Interlibrary loan requests generally take from one to several weeks to be filled. Most requests are placed via the OCLC interlibrary loan subsystem which requires that we identify up to fifteen potential lenders and then allow each one up to four days to accept or reject our request.
On rare occasions, we are unable to fill requests. This generally occurs when the item is held by only one or two libraries and they are unable to comply with our request. There are a number of reasons why materials are not loaned: they may be checked out, missing, or lost, they may be on reserve, or they may fall into a non-circulating category. You will be notified if your request cannot be filled.
When a request has been filled, and the item has arrived at the Law Library's interlibrary loan office, we will notify you via your BC e-mail account. Items can be picked up at the Information Desk in the Law Library. We will hold a borrowed item at the Information Desk for two weeks. After that time, it will be returned to the lending library. Requests for faculty members are usually delivered directly to their offices or mailboxes.
Length of Borrowing Period
Borrowing periods vary,depending on the policy of the lending library. The due date will be clearly indicated on the interlibrary loan sticker placed on the front cover of each borrowed item. It is possible to request renewals, although they are granted at the discretion of the lending library. Some libraries do not permit renewals for materials borrowed through interlibrary loan. In those cases, the "no renewal" status will also be clearly indicated on the sticker. Please direct renewal requests to the interlibrary loan office at 617-552-4066 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you to let you know the status of your renewal request.
Loss of Interlibrary Loan Materials
You are responsible for materials which you have taken from the Law Library. Charges for damaged or lost materials are assessed by the lending library and are the responsibility of the borrowing patron. Loss, damage, or failure to return borrowed materials promptly may result in the forfeiture of interlibrary loan privileges. Materials lost in transit to the Law Library from the lending library or after they have been returned to the Law Library by the user will be the responsibility of the Law Library.
Notice: Warning 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 reproduction. One of these specific 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 photocopying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would violate copyright law. (This information is posted in compliance with U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 37, sec.#201.14(b) (1995).)
The library complies with US copyright law and the CONTU Guidelines on Photocopying under Interlibrary Loan Arrangements. To insure compliance, users who submit an online interlibrary loan form must acknowledge that they are aware of copyright restrictions affecting their use of the requested material. In cases where requests from a user violate copyright law, the library will inform the user and attempt to provide alternative access to the information.
The Law Library will lend items or supply copies of articles or documents in its collections to other libraries via interlibrary loan. OCLC member libraries should place requests via the OCLC interlibrary loan subsystem. Non-OCLC libraries may submit requests by completing an ALA interlibrary loan request form and emailing to email@example.com or mailing it to:
Interlibrary Loan Office
Boston College Law Library
885 Centre Street
Netwon Centre, MA 02459
The library supplies materials free of charge to libraries that are members of the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO), the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). There is a limit of 30 pages per request. For all other institutions, the fee schedule is as follows:
- $20.00 for copy requests made by for-profit libraries
- $12.00 for copy requests made by non-profit libraries
- $20.00 for loan requests made by for-profit libraries
- $15.00 for loan requests made by non-profit libraries
For questions about interlibrary lending services and policies, contact the interlibrary loan office at 617-552-4066 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The library lends materials, supplies photocopies, and transmits documents electronically only to members of the Boston College Law School community and to other libraries. General document delivery service is not provided to individuals, companies or institutions. Organizations and individuals not affiliated with the law school may wish to investigate services available from other sites which offer fee-based document delivery options. One such service is provided by the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library at Columbia Law School. Visit their web page for more information on services and charges.