Interlibrary Loan is a service to help supplement the Boston University Libraries collections. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can be used if BU libraries do not own an item or if an item is unobtainable by a patron i.e., missing, billed, on search, at the bindery, or at the Medical Campus.
Please check BU Libraries Search or consult with a reference librarian before submitting an interlibrary loan. Reference staff are often able to locate materials in local libraries and can provide letters of introduction. This will often be faster than interlibrary loan requests.
Research assistants can request an item by filling out a Material Request form.
Filling out the Requestor Information Section of the Material Request Form
Determine who will have physical possesion of the material, you or the faculty member.
- If you will have possession: Put your name as the requestor. Change the status to Law Research Assistant. All notifications on the status of the ILL request will go to you, and when the material is received it will be held for you.
- If the faculty member will have possession: Put your name as the requestor. Change the status to Law Research Assistant. Put the faculty member's name in the "On Arrival Deliver to:" box. You will receive a confirmation that the material has been requested, but all further notifications on the status of the ILL will go to the faculty member, and when the material is received it will delivered directly to the faculty member.
Typically, ILL takes from 7 to 10 days. This includes the processing time at the lending library of 3 days plus mailing time of 4 to 7 days. You will be notified as soon as the request is placed, when a lending library has filled the request, and when the material is received and ready for pickup.
Please fill out the request form as fully as possible. The more information we have the quicker we can get your material. If you have special requests such as rush service, please use the comment section to make it clear on the form.
updated: October 2014