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Pence Law Library Circulation Desk: Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan

WCL and Pence Law Library are physically closed and there is no need to return library material at this time. All due dates will be extended. You may review your items currently checked out at My Library Account.

If you have any questions, please contact the library at

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that allows WCL faculty, students and staff to borrow books and other materials from libraries around the world, including American University's Bender Library, when they are not available in the Pence Law Library. The Pence Law Library ILL service is available only to WCL faculty, students and staff.

Interlibrary loan requests should be for the support of research, curricular, scholarship or teaching needs. Personal and pleasure reading requests should be made at your public library. Personal and pleasure reading requests made through Pence may be billed at $25.00 per transaction.


Before Making an ILL Request

Please check for your item in these resources before making an interlibrary loan request:

·         Pence Law Library Catalog (LEAGLE)

·         HeinOnline (law-related articles)

·         Library Databases

·         Pence Law Library's electronic research tools ‚Äč


If you have questions about Interlibrary Loan materials please contact the Circulation Desk or email us at

Requesting an Item

There are 2 ways to request items through interlibrary loan:

WCL Users can request items by using the WorldCat Catalog:

Use WorldCat to find your item and automatically then click "Request Item" and enter the required information (name, email, AU ID and phone number).

Email Requests

You can also email requests directly to, please include as much information as you can about the resource you are requesting

Renewing ILL Items

If you would like to renew items requested through interlibrary loan, please email

All renewals are subject to the policies and final decision of the lending institution. We will make every effort to renew your items or find replacement lenders. 

Please note, that you CANNOT renew ILL items through your library account on the library's homepage. You must email

How other Libraries can Borrow from Us

We only lend to non-profit institutions. Non-OCLC libraries who wish to borrow from our library may make requests via email (

We no longer accept interlibrary loan requests from non-OCLC libraries via ALA interlibrary loan forms, fax, telephone or email.

If you have any questions, please email