Interlibrary Loan

The Underwood Law Library can arrange interlibrary loans for materials not available at one of the SMU campus libraries. This service is available to the law school's faculty, staff, and students for academic purposes only.  

Materials not available for interlibrary loan

  • Casebooks or textbooks required for courses
  • Very old (e.g. more than 100 years old), rare or fragile materials
  • Video and audio tapes
  • Entire issues of periodicals
  • Unpublished manuscripts
  • Digital materials accessible only from electronic proprietary subscriptions

How Long Does it Take?

  • Books: 10 - 14 days
  • Articles: 5 - 10 days
* Be sure to plan in advance for the time required for materials to reach the Law Library from distant locations.

Before Submitting an ILL Request
Verify that the material sought is NOT available at SMU libraries. A search in SMU’s online public catalog, will display holdings in all of the SMU library collections, including E-books and selected electronic databases.  

To Initiate a Request for an Interlibrary Loan
Log into Illiad. If you have not previously registered with the interlibrary loan system, you will need to register by clicking on First Time User Registration.  For your username, enter your 8-digit SMU User ID. When submitting a request, please indicate the class or project for which you need the item; your request will not be fulfilled until this information is provided.

Law Review Students
If materials cannot be obtained from the author or from SMU libraries, cite-checkers should contact the designated law review member who is registered to make requests for interlibrary loans.

Note for Non-SMU Patrons
The SMU Underwood Law Library does not participate in TexShare and does not permit borrowing by students or faculty of non-SMU libraries through the TexShare program.

Please contact if you have any questions or need additional information.