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| Tulane Law Library's Electronic Interlibrary Loan Service
Please remember that this Interlibrary Loan Service is a privilege, not a right.
There is no guarantee that if a request is sent, the materials will be loaned.
1. Location and Service Hours: Interlibrary Loan Office
The Interlibrary Loan Office is located behind the Circulation Department on the third floor of the Tulane Law Library. The office is staffed from 8:30 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday). Interlibrary Loan materials may be picked up from the Circulation Desk when they arrive, but they should be returned to the the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Office when they are returned. If the Interlibrary Loan Office is not open, please return all borrowed material to the Circulation Desk.
2. Who May Request Materials through this Interlibrary Loan Service?
This service is available only to currently enrolled law students, full-time law faculty, and law staff. The Interlibrary Loan Department reserves the right to refuse services to patrons who do not fall within that limited group of users.
3. Loans to Other Libraries
Requests are accepted from academic, public, and special libraries that make their own material available through participation in an interlibrary loan system. Participation is usually indicated by membership in one of the major U.S. bibliographic networks (OCLC) or by a listing in the American Library Directory (Bowker) or the Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers (Gale). Tulane's policies are complementary to the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (2001), and the Louisiana Interlibrary Loan Code (1998). Under the terms of the 1998 Code, libraries may choose not to lend: 1) books in current and/or recurring demand; 2) serials; 3) reference materials; 4) rare materials including manuscripts; 5) a large number of titles for one person at one time; 6) bulky or fragile material; 7) materials for class, reserve, group or other extended uses; or 8) materials which can be copied inexpensively.
Our library symbol is LRL.
4. Purpose of Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a library service designed to help patrons obtain materials (or photocopies of materials) from other participating libraries in the United States when the item cannot otherwise be obtained. Before requesting materials through this service, however, patrons must check the holdings at: (1) other Tulane campus libraries (including the Howard-Tilton Library, Amistad Research Center, Newcomb Women's Center, and the Business School [Turchin] Library), and (2) the Monroe Library on Loyola's campus (located within walking distance of the law school). Books available at those institutional libraries can be checked-out by the patron and, accordingly, should not be requested as an interlibrary loan. Law students, facutly, and staff may check books out from other Tulane campus libraries by using their Splash cards. If a book is owned by the Monroe Library (on Loyola's campus), currently enrolled law students (as well as law faculty and staff) must request a LALINC card from the Tulane Law Library circulation department before borrowing privileges can be granted by Loyola. The LALINC card is valid for one semester, and it can also be used at other participating libraries in the area. The LALINC card, however, is not valid at the Loyola Law Library.
Tulane Law Library offers this interlibrary loan service as a supplement to the library's collection, not as a substitute for the collection. Every effort should be made to exhaust Tulane's resources before utilizing this service. The terms of the Interlibrary Loan Service are set by the National Interlibrary Loan Code and the regulations of the individual lending libraries.
5. Copyright (Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions)
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any 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 liable for copyright infringement.This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. This institution also reserves the right to cancel any request requiring the payment of copyright fees, or on the belief that the request would involve a violation of copyright law.
6. How to Use Tulane's Electronic ILL Service
To request materials, all users must first register online through ILLIad -- Tulane Law Library's electronic interlibrary loan service. There is a link to this service at the top of this page; a second link is available on the Library's sidebar (to the right of your screen under "Quick Links"). Once registered, users can request materials through ILLiad, check the status of their pending requests, cancel requests, renew checked-out items, and view a history of requests previously submitted. Before requesting materials, however, please check the Law Library's Online Catalog and TULANet Voyager (the university's library catalog) to verify that other uptown campus libraries do not own the material. Moreover, please check the online catalog for the Monroe Library (Loyola University). Only requests made through ILLiad will be processed and all request forms must be completed in full, including the date the materials are no longer needed, the volume and inclusive page numbers if photocopies are requested, the correct title and date of the publication, and the author's name (if applicable). Patrons should seek the assistance of a reference librarian before submitting an incomplete ILL request form. Incomplete or inaccurate information submitted may delay the processing of an ILL request, or it may result in the request being returned as "unfilled." The burden of providing an accurate citation is placed on the library patron, not on the lending library.
7. Materials that "May be Requested" through this Service
Lending libraries, at their discretion, determine what materials they loan. Examples include: books, reports, audiovisual materials, journal articles, newspaper articles, micoform/fiche, etc. Photocopies of an item may be requested in accordance with U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S.C.).
8. Materials that "Should Not be Requested" through this Service
The following types of materials should not be requested: (1) books or periodicals owned by this library or another Tulane uptown campus library, including those materials temporarily in use, on reserve, on the reference shelf, or in a Special Collection; (2) an entire print volume of a journal, periodical, reporter, code, magazine, newspaper, or digest -- instead, please request a photocopy of the specific pages needed; (3) rare books or books belonging to a special collection; (4) looseleaf material; (5) volumes belonging to a multi-volume set; or (6) reference / reserve material.
9. How Long will it take to receive the Borrowed Item?
It is our goal to electronically process all requests within two business days (excluding holidays). Several factors determine the amount of time it takes for our library to receive an item: (1) completeness and/or accuracy of the information submitted by the patron, (2) proximity of the lending library, (3) holiday schedules (if applicable), (4) format requested, (5) and transit time. Generally, a minimum of 8-10 working days is needed to search, process, and receive each request. It is important to plan ahead when requesting materials through the Interlibrary Loan Service.
When the requested material arrives, library patrons will be notified by email. Borrowed items should be picked up promptly from the Circulation Desk as due dates tend to vary. If an item is not picked up within two weeks of notification, it will be sent back to the lending library. The electronic email service will also be used to notify patrons when an item is overdue.
11. Loan Period
Loan periods are set by the lending institutions and will be strictly enforced. We have no control over this aspect of the process.
12. Returning Materials
All materials borrowed (with the exception of photocopies) should be returned to the Interlibrary Loan Office (ILL). If the office is closed, the borrowed material may be left at the Circulation Desk. It is important that we return all material promptly. If you need an item beyond its original due date, please request a renewal through ILLiad several days before the item is actually due. Renewals are completely at the discretion of the lending institution. Failure to return borrowed material in a timely manner may result in the loss of all future interlibrary loan privileges.
This institution reserves the right to bill a patron for fees, fines, or replacement costs when material is returned after its due date, it is damaged and/or lost by the patron, or the patron fails to return it for any reason.
Although this is normally a free service to our law students, law faculty, and law staff, all patrons are responsible for any overdue fines or fees levied against them by the lending institution. If an item is lost, the patron will be billed by the lending institution. Fines for overdue material are assessed at $3.00 per day. Items more than 30 days overdue are considered lost and are subject to replacement and/or processing fees, in addition to the accumulated fines. All fees/fines should be paid direclty to the Tulane Law Library Interlibrary Loan Office.
This instituion reserves the right to limit the use of its interlibrary loan service for reasons not expressly stated on this website.