Did you know that if you are a BYU Law student or faculty member and you can’t find what you need in the BYU Law library, then the Interlibrary Loan staff can order the library material for you? The Interlibrary Loan staff will process requests for materials that are available from the Lee Library (Yes, that is correct—the ILL staff will pick up books for law students and faculty from the Lee Library!) and other libraries throughout the United States and some other countries. Library materials include books, book chapters, and articles.

When to Use Interlibrary Loan:

  • When the library material is not available in or through the Law Library.
  • When the Law Library’s copy is checked out and you’ll need access to it sooner than the copies are due back to the library.

How to Use Interlibrary Loan:

  1. From the BYU Law Library home page (https://lawlibrary.byu.edu/), select “Interlibrary Loan” on the link bar near the top of the page.
  2. Sign in with your BYU netID and password.
  3. If you haven’t already created an interlibrary loan account, you’ll be prompted to fill out a short registration form. Be sure to select Law as your library.
  4. The Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery home page has several links on the left panel which allow you to make a new request for a book, an article (Book chapters are requested as articles.), or another source.
  5. Once you select which kind of source you need, you’ll be able to fill out a form with the information on the particular item you are looking for.
  6. Submit the request, and you should receive a confirmation email detailing your order.
  7. When your item arrives, law students will be able to pick it up from the Law Library’s circulation desk. Items from the Lee Library are available within 24 hours. The timeline for requests from off-campus libraries varies because it depends on the availability of the source you need and how near the lending library is to Provo. Some take just a couple of days; others can take a week or two.

Credit for writing this post goes to Eliza Crespo (2L) and Melanie Coleman (Interlibrary Loan Supervisor).