Interlibrary loan is a service offered by the Law Library to aid students, faculty, and staff in research.* It is designed to complement the resources of the Detroit Mercy Law Library, not to supply the major part of materials for extended research. Policies are based on the National Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association and on the regulations of the individual lending libraries.
The time involved in processing interlibrary loan requests is dependent upon the nature of the material requested - esoteric materials may take longer to identify and if located at another library, often taking up to a month or more. More common titles may be obtained within a shorter period. The majority of items will arrive within two weeks of their request. The loan period is determined by the lending library. In most cases, the loan period is two weeks. Institutions that loan materials have the right to place restrictions on the use of their material (such as requiring it to be used within the Library) and may recall material at any time.
We try to accommodate all research needs, but during especially busy periods, we reserve the right to limit the number of requests that may be submitted at any one time to four per person.
*Please note: Interlibrary loan service is available for Detroit Mercy Law faculty, Detroit Mercy Law staff, and Detroit Mercy Law students ONLY.