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Law Review: Law Library Support for Members of the Boston College Law Review

What if my materials are not available at the Law Library?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) provides access to books, articles, and other library materials not available in the Boston College Law Library collections.  Books in circulation from other libraries are sent to the Law Library.  Articles are usually copied or scanned and then emailed in PDF format.

However, because of the policies of many libraries, certain kinds of items are very difficult or sometimes impossible to get.  These usually include:

  • Multi-volume sets (full sets)
  • Entire issues of law reviews and other journals (but you can request photocopies of individual articles)
  • Reference books, rare books, or very old books
  • Materials that are difficult to pack or expensive to ship
  • Most audiovisual materials
  • Books on permanent or course reserve at other libraries


What is WorldCat?

Requesting Items from other Boston College Libraries

Your BC Libraries Account

Make sure that you are signed into your BC Libraries account before you start searching in the catalog.

Requesting Material from another BC Library

To request an item that is available at another Boston College Library (e.g. O'Neill Library or Social Work Library), select "Request Book."   Select LAW as the pick-up location.

Interlibrary Loan Procedures for Journal staff

Who Should Submit Requests

When you submit an ILL request, please have one editor submit all of the ILL requests for a particular article under review. The 2L's doing the source collection process should note any books or articles that must be requested through ILL and then pass these notes on to their editor.   This process ensures that the loaned books are under one person's control.  This editor will be informed if the books obtained through ILL become overdue.

How to Find and Submit Requests

For items not available at a Boston College Library, search for the item in WorldCat.  Make sure that you are signed in to your library account to see the request options and that you indicate LAW as the pick-up location when you place your request.

Familiarize yourself with the form in your interlibrary loan account on the BC website; see example below.  If your desired source is not listed in the BC catalog or WorldCat, then fill out the ILL form with the proper citation information.

Screenshot of Interlibrary Loan Request webpage


Please note that ILL books need to be checked out to an individual; these books cannot be checked out to the law review office.