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Pence Law Library Circulation Desk: Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that allows current 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 current 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: 

If you need instructions for making a request for a book owned by one of our partner libraries in the WRLC, please see our LEAGLE Search Guide.

Ill for Spaders


If you are requesting material from interlibrary loan for source collection or spading purposes, please follow the instructions for spaders here: All spading requests must be submitted using the Spading ILL Request Form


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

Requesting an Item

There are 3 ways to request items through interlibrary loan:

1. WCL Users can request items by using the Library Catalog:

Search the LEAGLE Catalog for items at AU, WCL & Consortium (WRLC), then choose an option under "How to get it".

2. WCL Users can request items by using the WorldCat Catalog:

Use WorldCat to find your item and then click "Borrow this item from another library" and enter the required information (name, email, AU ID and phone number).

3. Email Requests

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

Click here for detailed information on submitting an ILL Request: 

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 institutions using OCLC Worldshare.  

We no longer accept interlibrary loan requests from non OCLC members via ALA interlibrary loan forms, fax, telephone or email. Please submit all ILL requests through OCLC. 


If you have any questions, please email