ILL Lending Guidelines and Fees

Guidelines

We are not able to provide rush requests. Loans can take up to four days to process. Requests are handled on as-received basis, with our patrons and lending partners taking precedence.

Law firms within a reasonable distance who cannot support our fees should be advised that library access is available during hours when reference staff are present. Please consult the library’s access policy.

Interlibrary Loan Fee Schedule (7/2007)

U.S. Academic Libraries affiliated with BLC, NELLCO, or SHARES:

The Boston University Law Library (OCLC:BOP) lends and scans materials without charge to other BLC and NELLCO libraries. The library is also a member of SHARES. Libraries may request items through WorldShare ILL or email us a completed ALA form at lawill@bu.edu.

U.S. Academic Libraries not affiliated with BLC, NELLCO, or SHARES:

Books and Other Returnables:

$15 flat loan fee, plus any non-UPS shipping charges. We will ship UPS ground free, but will need your account number if you would like the item sent via FedEx.

Scans and Other Non-returnables:

$15 flat copy fee up to 30 pp. Scans are delivered via email or Article Exchange.

U.S. Non-Academic Libraries:

Please note:  Only interlibrary loan requests submitted through OCLC’S WorldShare Resource Sharing Platform will be accepted as of September 1, 2017. Our materials appear in OCLC (BOP). We are no longer able to accept requests via e-mail, fax, telephone, or mail. Going forward, all requests will be charged through OCLC IFM (see fees below) rather than invoice. If unable to request loans or scans through OCLC WorldShare, please review our access policy and arrange to visit the library to read and/or scan materials from our collection.

Books and Other Returnables:

$25 flat loan fee, plus any non-UPS shipping charges. We will ship UPS ground free, but will need your account number if you would like the item sent via FedEx. Courier pick-ups are placed on hold at the Fineman Circulation Desk located at 765 Commonwealth Avenue – 2nd floor. Please include courier pick-up information in the borrowing notes field so that materials are not shipped.

Scans and Other Non-returnables:

$25 flat scanning fee. Please note, for large scanning requests, we reserve the right to process the request as a loan instead. Scans are delivered via email or Article Exchange.

Requesting an Interlibrary Loan

Check the library catalog for availability – Please note we can only process requests for materials with a LAW location. For ILL of materials at other campus libraries please contact them directly.

Requests should be made through your firm librarian. All requests must be submitted via OCLC WorldShare. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan Supervisor with any questions. All required information must be submitted in order for the request to be processed.