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Interlibrary Loan: Difficult to Obtain Items

Items that are Difficult to Borrow

Most libraries do not loan the following types of material:

  • Very recent or very old books
  • Multi-volume sets and loose-leaf publications
  • Reference and reserve materials
  • Rare books and unpublished manuscripts
  • Newsletters and pamphlets
  • Entire issues or volumes of law reviews and other periodicals
  • Audiovisual materials and computer software
  • Some doctoral dissertations and master’s theses

It is difficult, if not impossible, for the Law Library to obtain the following through interlibrary loan:

  • Newspaper Articles (copies from hardcopy or microfilm - see the Newspaper Requests tab for more information)
  • Foreign laws in English
  • Paper copies of materials that exist only online and digital materials accessible only from electronic proprietary subscriptions
  • Drafts or internal documents that the author obtained through professional contacts, e.g., internal government agency memos
  • Material described too vaguely to be identified

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