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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at the Westminster Law Library: Home

Introduction

Interlibrary Loan is a service that allows patrons to borrow resources from other libraries.  This guide provides information for students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Sturm College Law on how to locate and borrow resources from libraries other than the Westminster Law Library.

Before placing a request, please follow the steps provided in this guide to try and locate the resource through our library, the main campus library, and the Prospector library system.

Search the Law Library Catalog

Search the Westminster Law Library catalog first to see if we have the item you need.

 

Search University of Denver Libraries

Search the University of Denver Libraries catalog to locate and request materials from the main campus libraries.

Search Summon

Summon@DU 

Use Summon to search all multidisciplinary databases at once!


 

Search Prospector

Search the Prospector catalog for books from more than 23 Colorado and Wyoming Libraries.

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Search MOBIUS

Search the MOBIUS catalog for books from many of the libraries in Missouri.

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Borrowing from Other Libraries

If you are trying to get a particular source that the law library does not have, we can help you to get the source from another library using a number of methods.  These methods are listed below in the order or preference and time of delivery:

Main University Library Materials You may check out any circulating materials from the main campus libraries.  Just search the main campus library catalog and you can place a hold on their materials or request for them to be delivered to the law library, all from the catalog.
Prospector Materials The law library is part of a system called Prospector that allows patrons of a large number of libraries in Colorado to request materials from the other Prospector libraries.  Just search the Prospector catalog and request the item to be sent to the law library.
MOBIUS Materials MOBIUS is a system that is very similar to Prospector, but it is used to request materials from libraries in Missouri.  Just search the MOBIUS catalog and request the item to be sent to the law library.
Interlibrary Loan Materials If the law library, the main library, and the Prospector libraries do not have the item that you need, you can place a request for the law library to try and get the item from most libraries in the United States and Canada that may have it.  You can use our Interlibrary Loan System (ILLiad) to request the material.

FAQs

1.    When will my items arrive?

It depends upon which library sends it and the method used.  It can be from 1 business day up to 3 weeks or more. 

2.     Is there a charge?

There is no borrowing charge for patrons of the Westminster Law Library.  However, if an item is misplaced or damaged, patrons are expected to pay any costs associated with replacing the item.

3.     What if I need to renew the item?

You can request a renewal from within ILLiad by opening up the request in your account and clicking on the "Renew" button.  You can also contact the ILL Department at illdept@law.du.edu or at 303-871-6386 and ask for a renewal.  You will find out within 1 business day if the lending library granted the renewal.  Please ask for a renewal at least 3 days before the due date of the item.

4.   What if the item is stolen, lost or destroyed?

Contact the ILL Department at illdept@law.du.edu or at 303-871-6386 and we will contact the lending library to discover your options.  We will then contact you to let you know what they are.

Before You Place a Request for a Book or AV Material

Before you place an interlibrary loan request, please complete the following steps:

1.  Check the Law Library catalog to make sure that we don't have the item in our libraries

2.  Check the University Libraries catalog to make sure that the item is not available here at DU.

3.  Check the Prospector catalog and MOBIUS catalog to make sure that we cannot get the item from a local library.

If you find the item in one of these catalogs, you should see a "Request It" button on the item page.  Click that button and follow the prompts to request the item be pulled/sent to the law library for you.  You will get an email when it is ready for you to pick up. 

If it is available through one of these places, you will get the item faster.  For law library items, they will be typically ready within 24 hours.  For University Libraries items, they will typically be here within 24-48 hours.  For Prospector items, they will typically be here within 3-5 days.

Before You Place a Request for an Article or Book Chapter

The Law Library and the University Libraries subscribe to many databases that provide access to a wide assortment of journals.  Complete the following steps to make sure you cannot get the article through our libraries:

1.  Search for the journal by title in the Law Library catalog to make see if we have the physical or electronic journal.

2.  Use our E-Journals by Name tool to verify that we do not have access to the journal through one of our databases.

3.  Search for the journal by title in the University Libraries catalog to make sure that the main campus library doesn't have either the physical or electronic journal.  (Note: if the database says that the Law Library is restricted from use, just leave the law school building and connect to the main campus "Pioneer Net" internet to access the database)

4.  Search for the article in Summon to verify that that article is not available electronically through any of the DU libraries.

If you are trying to get a book chapter, please follow the steps in "Before You Place a Request for a Book or AV Material" box to make sure we don't have the book.

Questions, Comments, Concerns? Contact Us

If you need any assistance, please contact the Law Library Interlibrary Loan Department at 303.871.6386 or illdept@law.du.edu.