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Circulation Department


When you cannot locate an item you need in the Library Catalog, you may be able to borrow a book through Interlibrary Loan. You can access an online interlibrary loan request form. If you have any questions, or require assistance, please contact the Reference Desk, or email the Interlibrary Loan department at

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.

Questions?  Please contact:

If you have any questions regarding borrowing rules or fines, please contact Elina Oyola, Circulation Librarian, at 212.431.2148 or by email at

Interlibrary Loan FAQS

Members of the New York Law School community may request to borrow materials that are not available at NYLS from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

*Who May Use Interlibrary Loan?

Faculty, students, and staff may use interlibrary loan.

*What Types of Materials May I Borrow?

Generally, libraries will lend monographs and copies of journal articles.  They rarely, or ever, lend any of the following:  Individual volumes from multi-volume titles, e-books, enitre journal issues, rare books and material in Reserve Collections.

What Should I Do Before Submitting My Request?

You should check the Mendik Library catalog and the electronic journals list to make sure that the item is not available in our collection in an electronic format.

How Do I Submit My Request?

Students: Requests must also be submitted by completing this form.

Law Review: The law review interlibrary loan borrowing policy and procedure are set forth in the Guide the Mendik Library for NYLS Law Review.

Staff: Contact:

Faculty: Your faculty liaison will help you place interlibrary loan requests. The liaison will also help you identify additional sources for your research. If you would like your research assistants to place interlibrary loan requests on your behalf, your liaison will help make those arrangements. 

What Does Interlibrary Loan Cost?

New York Law School does not charge its community members interlibrary loan transaction fees. However, the patron will be responsible for any charges assessed by a lending institution, including fines for material returned after its due date. Failure to pay fines or other charges of a lending library will result in a suspension of Mendik Library privileges.

What Does Copyright Law Have To Do With Interlibrary Loan?

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. NYLS reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Interlibrary Loan
Mendik Library
New York Law School
185 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

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.