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Source Pulling and Cite Checking for Journal Members


What is ILL?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is our service for borrowing books and obtaining journal articles not available through the Stanford University libraries. 

If an item cannot be located within SearchWorks / the Stanford collection at any library, OR if Stanford owns a copy but it is unavailable for some reason, please request an ILL.

How to ILL

How to request an ILL

1. Please ensure that you have checked Searchworks, Articles+, and legal and interdisciplinary databases thoroughly before requesting an ILL; in addition if you're seeking a PDF of a reporter/opinion/case please see the List of Reporters for more information.

2. Review the ILL Instructions, and/or watch the How to ILL Video before submitting a request using the form available on the law library's ILL page

  • Please fill out one ILL request per cite (don't request two books on one form - fill out two forms).

  • Please include your article author's name, issue editor's name and provide all bibliographic information available from your source pull list.

3. Use ONLY the ILL form from the law library's ILL page for journal purposes.

  • Do NOT use BorrowDirect! You may use BorrowDirect for your own individual use, but BorrowDirect does not recognize Journals as entities separate from individual users.  In addition, we have no ability to mediate loan extensions, fees for damaged or lost items, etc. within the BorrowDirect system.  Any BorrowDirect items found on cite-checking shelves will be removed and returned to the owning institution.  

4. Receive your ILL. 

  • Materials are requested from the best lending source.  Some requests may take up to 2 to 3 weeks to arrive.

  • Article ILLs - PDFs of articles will be added to Google Drive:  

  • Book ILLs - you will get an email when books are available for pickup from the ILL shelf (on the first floor, Borrowing Services desk). 

  • Please pick up books as soon as possible, and store properly on the designated journal shelves. The books are checked out to the Journal, not to an individual - please keep them in the library and return them to their dedicated space in the journal shelving when done.

  • Tracking ILLs - for a reminder on how to check the status of your ILL, see the ILL Instructions or How to ILL Video

If you wish, before submitting an ILL search the WorldCat database (a catalog of millions of books held by libraries around the world) to verify that some other library actually owns a copy of the book or item you are seeking.