Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) FAQ

What Is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is service which enables Law library patrons to obtain books, articles, book chapters and other materials not owned by NYU. Our ILL department borrows these materials from other libraries and universities. 

Who's Eligible?

NYU Law students and faculty. Non-law NYU faculty, staff and students should use Bobst Library's ILL services

How Do I Request an Interlibrary Loan?

Go to ILLiad. New users should click on First Time Users, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "First Timer Users Click Here" and create an account. Before submitting a request, please search the Julius and BobCat catalogs, in order to verify unavailability of your materials at the Law Library or at Bobst Library.

How to Make Sure Your Emails Get Through to You

Make Sure Your ILLiad Emails Get Through to You (be sure to read this if you have your NYU email forwarded to another email accountfor example Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.)

What Materials Are Available Through ILLiad?

With some exceptions, our ILL department will do their best to attempt to obtain most types of materials, provided they are not owned by NYU. However, we will neither borrow nor lend the following materials: casebooks, multi-volume sets, very recent material, entire issues of periodicals, reference/reserve materials and rare books/original manuscripts. The Law Library also will not process requests for documents that can be found in page-image databases that are available to NYU patrons. Patrons should attempt to locate digital copies before placing ILL requests. Reference Librarians are available to assist patrons in locating such materials. Also, despite our best efforts, there are some items that are requested that we are not able to obtain.

How Long Does It Take?

Materials are usually received within 5-10 working days but timing will ultimately depend on how quickly other libraries in the network respond to our requests. Delays sometimes occur, especially given the challenges posed by the global pandemic. 

Loan Period/Renewals

Borrowed items must be returned on time. The length of a loan will vary, and is dependent on the loan rules of the lending institution. Please note that the due date will be clearly indicated on the check out slip (for print items). In some cases, a renewal is possible; check with the ILL Department at least one week before the item is due. 

Pick Up and Return of Material

  • Please pickup all print material from, and return all material to, the Law Library Circulation Desk.
  • You can download electronically-received items from your ILLiad account. You will receive an email when the items are posted to your account. 

Failure to Return Items on Time: Fines & Temporary Suspension of Account

Patrons are responsible for any fines assessed by a lending library for print material returned after its due date. Failure to pay fines will result in suspension of library privileges. Failure to return ILL items by lending library's due date will result in temporary suspension of your ILLiad account. 

ILL material is occasionally recalled before its due date by the lending institution. We will notify you if such circumstances should arise.

Location: B2 Level of the Law Library
Contact: John Forbis, Interlibrary Loan Assistant
Phone: (212) 998-6302 [Currently working remotely on a hybrid basis, please contact via email]
Fax: (212) 995-3973

* ILLiad is the platform running the Law Library's Interlibrary Loan.