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Circulation Department

Lending Policies

The Mendik Library participates as a supplier in the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Subsystem. Our institutional symbol is ZNL. Our OCLC lending policies are available in the OCLC Policy Directory.

The Library is cognizant of the Federal provisions governing copyright. We strive to offer interlibrary loan services in ways that do not infringe the relevant laws. We reserve the right to refuse a copying order if, in our judgment, fulfillment of the order would violate copyright laws.

Interlibrary Loan (2024)

As a current NYLS student, when you cannot locate an item you need in the Library Catalog, you may be able to borrow a book through Interlibrary Loan. 

Interlibrary loan is a privilege that relies heavily on maintaining a good relationship with the lending libraries.  Late return of books can damage our relationship with the lending libraries.  Compliance with due dates is your responsibility.

Borrowers are responsible for any borrowing charges, overdue fines, or lost book fees charged by the lending institutions.

If you are a member of one of our journals or on moot court and need materials for a journal of moot court project (not for one of your own notes or comments), do not request those items yourself.  If you do, you will be personally responsible for any fines, damage or lost book fees.  Instead, contact the appropriate member of your E-board (who will then request the needed item on behalf of the journal or moot court).

Questions Related to borrowing items via ILL: 

  • Contact:
  • Include as much information regarding the source as you have:
    • For a Book:
      • Title (and edition)
      • Author
      • Publisher
      • Date
    • For a Journal Article:
      • Title of Journal
      • Title of Article
      • Author
      • Volume
      • Issue
      • Pages


  • While it is generally possible to borrow items for free, some libraries do charge to lend material.
  • Unless you tell us that you are willing to pay (and how much) for material if that is necessary, the Mendik Library will not request items from another library that charges to lend.

Questions Relating to Books you have Borrowed from the Mendik Library
If you have any non-ILL questions regarding borrowing rules or fines, please contact Elina Oyola, Circulation Librarian, at 212.431.2148 or by email at