Vermont Law and Graduate School Library Interlibrary Loan Procedures and Policies
Materials not available at the Vermont Law and Graduate School Library may be requested through interlibrary loan (ILL). Be sure to check the JULIEN library catalog first to make sure we don't already have the item in the collection. If you are are searching for an article, look up the journal or publication title in the catalog (not the article or chapter title) to get accurate results.
For all ILL transactions, use the online ILL system to create requests, retrieve articles, check the due date for ILL books, and request renewals.
Create a Request
1. Sign in to the interlibrary loan page using your VLGS credentials.
2. Complete a separate request form for each item you need.
- Use the Book / Book Chapter form for a published book or specific chapter.
- Use the Article form for newspaper, journal, or published scientific paper.
- Use the Other / Media form for DVDs, sound recordings, or grey material such as conference papers, white papers, and dissertations.
Please plan ahead. Journal articles generally take 3-4 days to receive, and books may take one to two weeks. You will be notified by e-mail when your material is available.
The library's Access Services Department accepts borrowing requests from all current Vermont Law and Graduate School students, faculty, and staff for materials related to academic work (teaching, learning, and research).
Non-residential students enrolled in online classes through VLGS can submit requests for scanned book chapters and articles. If you need a physical item, such as a book, contact your local public library or other institution in the VLGS lending network to request an ILL through them.
VLGS alumni and members of the public should submit borrowing requests through their local public library or other institution.
Generally, articles and book chapters are made available electronically as a PDF. These are available to download for 30 days. These documents are for you, the borrower, to keep, and you are responsible for “fair use” (private study, scholarship, and research) of the reproduced material. Be sure to download and save your documents before the 30-day window has ended.
Pick up physical books and other media at library Information Desk during our staffed hours. It is your responsibility to collect the material and return it to the Information Desk before the due date.
To renew a physical book borrowed from another library, submit a renewal request through the ILL system. Not all lenders offer renewals, and occasionally borrowing restrictions are specified. Borrowers are expected to honor these conditions and to make a renewal request before the due date. Please help us maintain excellent relationships with our lending library partners by returning all loans on time.
The library follows federal copyright law (Title 17 of the United States Code).
There is no limit on the number of ILL requests you can make, but please use sound judgment when requesting a large amount, as every one incurs a cost to the library.
The library is unable to borrow textbooks, casebooks, and other assigned reading materials for classes. Students are expected to rent or purchase their own textbooks.
The library does not charge for borrowing books or articles. However, we reserve the right to review the cost of purchased articles, chapters, or lending fees from other institutions, and to suggest alternative sources.
Not all materials are available to borrow. Some rare or out-of-print materials, or unpublished items such as white papers and dissertations, may be difficult to acquire.
Borrowers are responsible for lost, damaged, or un-returned materials and will be billed accordingly.