Interlibrary Loan


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Interlibrary Loan Policies


Delivery time of an electronic or photocopied article will vary depending on where it is coming from. Articles from other CLIC institutions and the University of Minnesota generally arrive in 3 to 5 business days. Articles from other institutions, especially those that are out-of-state (see Regional search policy), generally take 10 to 14 business days to arrive.

You will be notified by email when your article is ready for pick-up. Most articles are now delivered electronically and can be accessed by logging into your ILLiad account. Photocopied articles are held at the Bush Library Circulation Desk for pick-up.

Copyright restrictions do not allow us to fill requests for an entire journal issue.


Books from the University of Minnesota usually take about 3 to 5 business days to arrive. If we need to go out-of-state (see Regional search policy), it usually takes 10 to 14 business days. However, some requests can take up to two months to fill.

Borrowers are notified by email when materials become available. You may also stop by or call the Circulation Desk to see if your book has arrived. Be sure to pick up your materials as soon as possible; the loan period for these materials is set by the lending institution and the clock starts ticking when the material arrives in our office, not when you pick it up.

Books borrowed via ILL cannot be renewed.


We do not recommend requesting textbooks via ILL. Most libraries do not purchase textbooks. Those that do tend to reserve them for their own students. If you do request a textbook via ILL and we are able to get it for you, note that you will not be able to keep the textbook for the entire semester and the textbook cannot be renewed.

Regional search policy

Effective March 1, 2012, it is our policy to accept article, book and theses requests for materials outside of the six state region (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois) for graduate students, staff and faculty. Generally, the delivery time is longer than most undergraduates can wait. If you are an undergraduate and would like us to make an exception to this policy, please contact the ILL office directly.

Off-Campus Access

If you live more than 50 miles from campus (e.g. MFA and graduate Education Learning Communities), you can request Distance Status. This will enable you to request electronic copies of articles that are available in print format only (not online) at Bush Library.

Contact the Reference Desk if you have any questions or if you need help verifying whether an item is owned by Hamline. Delivery time for this service varies depending on such factors as availability and the time of year. Please plan your research accordingly.

Students living and studying off-campus may also want to check their local public or academic library.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.