Do you need a book or article that is not available at the George Mason University Law Library? Are you a member of the faculty, student body or staff of the Scalia Law School, George Mason University? If so, then this page has the resources that you need. Before requesting anything that is not owned by the law library, please review the following options.

Questions? If you encounter any problems or have questions about which service to use, stop by the Reference Office or call 703-993-8076.

There are two options for obtaining books and articles that are not available at the George Mason University Law Library.  Please check for books and articles from each source in order:

  1. InterCampus and InterLibrary Lending Services for materials available at other George Mason libraries or nonconsortium libraries
  2. Consortium Loan Service for materials owned by the Washington Research Library Consortium

InterCampus and InterLibrary Lending Services (ICL & ILL)

Use this service to obtain books and articles from other George Mason University libraries (Fenwick, Johnson Center, Prince William; books available at the Arlington Campus may be obtained directly) and for obtaining books and articles not available from any George Mason or consortium libraries.

To make a request:

  1. Go to https://gmu.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/VGL/logon.html
  2. Log in using your Mason login name (bsmith@gmu.edu would enter bsmith as a username) and your Mason email password.
  3. Create an ILLiad account.
  4. Select the type of request (article, book, or book chapter) you would like to make from the options on the left and fill out the form.
  5. Once received, article and book chapter requests will be delivered electronically to your ILLiad account. Faculty book requests will be placed in the appropriate mailbox. Student and staff book requests will be held at the Law Library Circulation Desk for pick-up. All patrons will be notified by e-mail when books arrive and when articles are ready for download.

Turnaround time for ICL requests is usually 2-3 days. Turnaround for ILL requests is usually 5-7 days. There are no guarantees, however, so it is recommended that requests be made as far in advance as possible. 

If you encounter any problems with the ICL or ILL request process or have questions or comments, please contact the Law Library Library Circulation Desk at 703-993-8120.

Consortium Loan Service (CLS)

Use this method for obtaining books from other academic libraries in the Washington, D.C. area. Please note, books will be delivered to the Arlington Campus Librarywhich is located on the second floor of Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders). This service is provided by the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). Turnaround time is usually 2-3 days.

What can be requested from CLS?

Items not available at GMU University Libraries, including ones that are checked out, overdue, lost, missing or not owned. Participating libraries are American, Catholic, Gallaudet, George Washington, Georgetown, Howard, Marymount or University of the District of Columbia.

What cannot be requested from CLS?

  • Items from the Law Libraries at American University and Georgetown University
  • Reserve items
  • Reference items
  • Special collection items
  • Media items (DVDs, CDs, etc.)

How do I request something from CLS?

  1. Search for the needed item in the Primo catalog (make sure to select “WRLC” as the search option.
  2. Click on the link for the needed item.
  3. Click “Sign In” in the yellow bar under the “Get It” section of the item record.
  4. Sign in by clicking the pop-up and entering your netID and password.
  5. Click on “CLS Request (2-3 Day Delivery).”
  6. In the request field “Pickup at Institution”, select “George Mason University.”
  7. Important: For the request field “Pickup location at home institution”, select “Arlington Campus Library.” If “Law Library” is selected, request will automatically be declined.
  8. Click on the Send Request button at the bottom of the form.