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Pritzker Legal Research Center

Faculty Research Assistant Resources

This is a guide for students working as research assistants for Northwestern Law faculty. Topics covered include research techniques for typical faculty requests, borrowing and interlibrary loan procedures, circulation policies and printing/photocopying

Circulation Policies & Borrowing Privileges

Law Students may borrow materials for 12 weeks.  Items may be renewed twice online through NUsearch.

You may be set up as a proxy to check out materials on your professor’s behalf.  To set up proxy privileges, the professor needs to email Jennifer Lubejko, Access Services Librarian, and request that you be added as a proxy borrower to his or her library account. When checking out Northwestern Library materials, if they should be checked out to the professor’s account instead of your own, tell the staff member working at the circulation desk “This is for Prof. ­­­­____.” 

Interlibrary Loans are subject to the circulation policies of the lending libraries and the length of loans will vary from book to book. If you are requesting a book for a professor via interlibrary loan, please indicate in the notes field of the request form that the book is for the professor and it will be checked out to his or her account. For questions about ILL, email

Copying & Printing Privileges

Research Assistants have access to a faculty print/copy card.  If you need to print out articles or make copies of materials, ask for the Faculty RA Copy Card at the circulation desk.  When you take a card, you will need to leave your WildCARD (or any other photo ID) with circulation staff.  It will be returned to you once you return the RA copy card.