Interlibrary Loan

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 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.

Before making an Interlibrary Loan Request

Please check for your item in these resources before making an interlibrary loan request:

How to Request an Item

There are 2 ways to request items through interlibrary loan:

WCL Users can request items by using the WorldCat Catalog:
Use WorldCat to find your item and automatically then click "Request Item" and enter the required information (name, email, AU ID and phone number).

Email Requests
You can also email requests directly to, please include as much information as you can about the resource you are requesting.

How other Libraries can Borrow from us

We only lend to non-profit institutions. Non-OCLC libraries who wish to borrow from our library may make requests via email ( after completing a registration form.

We no longer accept interlibrary loan requests from non-OCLC libraries via ALA interlibrary loan forms, fax, telephone or email.

If you have any questions, please call 202-274-4327 or email

Contact Interlibrary Loan @ Pence Law Library

If you have questions about Interlibrary Loan materials please contact the Circulation Desk or email us at