The Maryland State Law Library participates in Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL) a cooperative service among libraries that allows us to acquire and lend materials to other libraries. The loan period is usually 3-4 weeks. Depending on the delivery method, ILL requests can arrive anywhere from a few days to a week or more. Articles usually arrive within a few days. Renewals are usually possible. Most requests are processed within 24 hours, If you submit a large number of requests on a single day, they may not all be sent out on the same day.
Any fees associated with the ILL request are the responsibility of the patron making the request, with the exception of Judiciary employees.
Requests from libraries may be sent via OCLC, mail, email, or fax. We also accept (ALA) Interlibrary Loan request forms.
Materials we lend
- Maryland legal treatises (only loan duplicate copies)
- General legal treatises
- Maryland Task Force Reports (only loan duplicate copies)
- Newspapers on film
Materials we do not lend
- Reserve legal treatises
- Maryland Genealogy materials
- Special Collections Room materials
- Loose-leaf publications
- Complete issues of law reviews
- Fax, under 25 pages (we do not fax documents over 25 pages)
- FedEx (at requesting library's expense)
- Maryland libraries no charge
- Out-of-state libraries first 10 pages are free; 50 cents per page thereafter
We will refuse requests for photocopies that the library considers to be in violation of copyright law. A copy of the copyright notice from photocopied material will display the following warning with every photocopy provided: "Notice: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code)."
The requesting library is responsible for any material loaned by the Maryland State Law Library that is either lost or damaged. The requesting library is responsible for replacement costs.