Borrow & Renew

Borrow Library Materials

Through the library, Hamline students, faculty and staff have access to materials here, near and far. Hamline alumni can use print materials here at Hamline. See our Alumni & Community Services page for more details.

Here and Near

Use CLICsearch, the library's search engine, to find materials:

A few basics about using library materials:

  • When you request items, they will be held for you at the library's Central Service Desk. Most materials take 1-2 days to arrive. You'll get an email when your requested items are available for pickup.
  • Most items can be renewed online. See our information on renewing items.
  • You can return library materials to any CLIC library.
  • You will be fined if you don't return library materials by their due date. We'll send you a reminder a few days before materials are due. You can avoid fines by renewing your materials online -- see our information on renewing items.

See our Borrowing Policies for complete details.



When you need to search beyond Hamline and CLIC libraries, use WorldCat to find items at almost any library in the world (including the University of Minnesota). You will need to request these materials through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan service. 

Items borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan are a bit different than material from Hamline or other CLIC libraries. Different rules apply to these items:

  • The library lending the items determines how long you can have them. 3-4 weeks is typical.
  • Interlibrary loan materials cannot be renewed.
  • You will be fined if you do not return interlibrary loan materials by their due date.

See our Interlibrary Loan Policies for complete details.

The Basics

1. Use CLICsearch to find and borrow library materials.

2. Login to CLICsearch to renew items you've borrowed.

3. Avoid fines! Return library materials by the due date!

4. Use WorldCat to find materials from libraries beyond Hamline and CLIC.

5. Use ILLiad to manage your inter-library loan requests from libraries beyond Hamline and CLIC.

6. Contact the Central Service Desk with questions:

Renew Library Materials

Items from Hamline and other CLIC libraries

These items can generally be renewed up to 2 times if no one else wants them. You can avoid fines by renewing your items.

Here's how:

  1. Go to CLICsearch
  2. Click on Guest in the upper right and then Sign In
  3. Login with your Hamline computer username and password
  4. Click on your name in the upper right and then My Library Card
  5. Select Loans and Renew

If you have reached the limit to the total number of days allowed for the item, you will need to return it to the library.

Interlibrary Loan Items

Interlibrary loan items cannot be renewed.