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Japanese Legal Research: How to Use ILL (Research Center Interlibrary Loan Service)

This guide is intended to assist researchers in locating primary and secondary sources of law from Japan.

Research for Journal Students: Catalog Searching and Requesting Items from other Libraries: WHEN TO USE ILL

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

ILL allows you to request material from participating libraries that are not held at FSU and are not part of the Florida state university and college system.  Requests submitted to ILL take longer to fulfill, so plan accordingly.

ILL is available at to you, as law students at FSU, at no charge. However, it is NOT free: the Research Center pays a fee for each such request.

Therefore, ILL should always be the the last step in your search for sources and one that you take only if you can't find the book or article in our catalog or through .


1. E-mail your request to

2. Your request must include:

  • The author's full name (or the full name(s) of the editor(s), if the resource is an compilation);
  • The item's full title;
  • The publisher's name;
  • The year of publication;
  • If you do not need the entire item, the specific page numbers (for example, you may need only a few pages, or a specific chapter); and
  • The date by which you need the item.

ILL will then see if the item is available from another library.  Doing so takes time (up to two weeks), so make sure you plan ahead.


You will receive an e-mail from the Research Center when material requested through ILL is available for pick up.  Ask for your items at the Circulation Desk.

  • Each ILL item will have a bookstrap affixed to its cover.  PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE IT. 
    • The bookstrap will:
      • state the item's due date and
      • indicate if renewal is available.
    • These conditions are determined by the lending library.
  • If an item can be renewed, e-mail to request the renewal.

You are responsible for returning items before they are due.

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