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Interlibrary Loan Information

To place a loan request:

To place a loan request you must be affiliated with an eligible organization — see the Eligibility section below. To place a loan request simply email, mail, or fax your request to the NCJRS Virtual Library. Clearly cite the document title and NCJ Number, and include your name, organization, address, and phone number. NCJRS Virtual Library staff will promptly respond to your request and advise you on how to proceed.


This service is offered to U.S. and Canadian libraries and those affiliated with U.S. Federal, State, and local governmental organizations, including members of the law enforcement and/or corrections community. If you are not affiliated with one of these organizations you may still borrow materials from the NCJRS collection. However, you must contact your local library for assistance in submitting your loan request.

What can be borrowed?

All of the publications listed in the NCJRS Abstracts Database are available through this service. Additionally, many of these materials may also be acquired through the Virtual Library’s Photocopy/PDF Service.


Interlibrary loans within the United States cost $15.00 per item borrowed. Loans to Canada cost $16.50 (USD) per item borrowed. In most cases, loans to U.S. Federal, State, and local government agencies and members of the law enforcement and/or corrections community are free of charge.

Photocopy/PDF requests placed through the interlibrary loan service vary in price. Charges are dependent upon the page length (page count) of the document requested and your geographic location (domestic or outside the U.S.).


NCJRS accepts payment from the general public by credit card only. The following credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Customers affiliated with U.S. and Canadian Government agencies, libraries, and universities may use a purchase order when ordering. All purchase order invoices must be paid for using a credit card.