Interlibrary Loan Services
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that allows 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 WCL faculty, students and staff.
Interlibrary loan requests are limited to the WCL Community and 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.
To create an account, check the status of a request, or make a new request
Please use your my.american.edu username and password to login and register.
How to borrow from another library using interlibrary loan
The Pence Law Library uses an electronic interlibrary loan system called ILLiad, which works with the WorldCat worldwide catalog.
- Use WorldCat to find your item and automatically transfer the bibliographic data for the item into an ILLiad request form. This is the fastest way to get your item.
- Manually type your request into an ILLiad request form. This is a less express method and may take a bit more time.
WCL faculty, Dean's Fellows and other faculty assistants should read Information for WCL Faculty before using ILLiad.
More information about ILLiad is available in the ILLiad FAQ.
For more information about finding books and articles, see Information for Researchers.