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Northern Illinois University
College of Law
David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library

Law Library Policies and Procedures

Interlibrary lending to other libraries

The following are the Law Library's policies regarding loaning our material to other libraries.

Items available for loan or chapter / section copies free of charge:

  • Books
  • Government documents

Items available for photocopying or scanning  (charges may apply):

  • Journal articles
  • Reference and non-circulating materials (within Fair Use restrictions)
Items not loaned:
  • Computer software
  • Audio/video materials
  • Reference materials
  • Reserve materials
  • Loose-leaf materials
  • Other materials designated as non-circulating

Loan periods and renewals

  • Most materials are loaned for a period of 45 days with 3 renewals possible.  Renewals should be requested prior to the due date.

To submit requests:

  • OCLC symbol: ILY
  • phone: 815-753-2021
  • email:
  • mail: NIU Law Library, Interlibrary Loan, DeKalb, IL 60115

Charges (to libraries, and to non-NIU requestors not affiliated with a library)

  • Book loans - free to U.S. requestors
  • Photocopies and scans:
    • MALLCO, CLAS affiliates: free
    • All others:
      • 50 or fewer pages: free if sent via email or other electronic means (e.g., OCLC Article Exchange)
      • 51 or more pages, or paper copies required: contact us for rates
  • Fax:
    • MALLCO, CLAS affiliates: free
    • All others: contact us for rates


  • Loans are sent by USPS Library Rate only or ILDS
  • Photocopies and scans are sent via email or other electronic means (e.g., OCLC Article Exchange).
    • Additional charges may apply for fax or paper copies shipped via USPS.

Contact Information

  • For questions regarding interlibrary loan, email or call Rachel Ford at 815-753-2021.

--Last updated March 2, 2022

The policies and procedures of the David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library apply to all law library patrons: faculty, students, staff, and visitors. The law library reserves the right to update or modify these policies at any time and without prior notice.

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