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Interlibrary Loan

The University Library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service supports the instructional, research, and scholarly activities of the Washington & Lee community by borrowing library materials from other institutions in Virginia, the United States, and throughout the world. In turn, this service lends library materials to other institutions worldwide.

  • Requests for recreational reading and textbooks are not permitted.
  • Requests for items in our collection are not processed unless the material has a status of "missing" or "on search" in our catalog. Check the Library Catalog to determine if we own the material you need.
  • If the library has electronic access to a journal article you seek, you will be notified by our ILL staff. Always check our Journal Finder first to determine if we own the title you need.
  • If the item you seek is checked out, place a hold on the item either electronically or at the circulation desk. Books with a status of "missing" or "on search" may be ordered through ILL.
  • This ILL service is for the Undergraduate Campus only. Law Students, Staff, and Faculty contact the Law Library's ILL Unit

Request an ILL from Undergraduate Library

Request a BOOK from Law Library (Faculty Only)


Service Fees: ILL is free for current Washington & Lee faculty, staff, and students. Fines may be charged for overdue materials. The service may be available to non-W&L patrons for a $10 per item fee. Restrictions apply, contact Elizabeth Teaff (540) 458-8645 for more information.

Delivery & Turnaround Time: It may take 2-7 business days for articles, and 5-10 business days for books to arrive.  Our average turn-around time is 5 business days. Please keep this timeframe in mind when ordering your material. You will be notified via email that your ILL books are available at Leyburn Library's Information Desk. Most articles are delivered electronically.

Due Dates: Books, videos, CDs, and microforms have a due date written on them. Please honor the due date.  Fines may be charged for late returns.  Do not remove the book strap on your item(s). Return ILL items to the Information Desk at Leyburn Library. Photocopied articles may be kept.

Electronic Articles:The email notification you receive when your article has arrived will explain how to view it. Adobe Reader is required. If needed; download the latest version of this free software. If you are having trouble viewing your article contact the Interlibrary Loan Office immediately at (540) 458-8645

Copyright Compliance: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of the specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction not be "used for any other purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be in violation of W&L's copyright policy. Our institution reserves the right to refuse a copy request if, in its judgment, fulfilling the request would violate copyright law. Please refer to the W&L Copyright Policy for more information.

Questions: Contact Elizabeth Teaff, Access Services Librarian, (540) 458-8645


The University Library's ILL Database was created by Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc and Atlas Systems, Inc.
Copyright 1996, 1998 Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000 Atlas Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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