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HamCAT loans are from NEARBY schools that are part of our Minnesota consortium (MnPALS). They arrive faster and loan periods are sometimes longer. Interlibrary (ILLiad) loans usually come from FURTHER AWAY, thus they often take longer to arrive and may have a more limited loan period.

Our FAQs page answers more questions about Interlibrary Loans. 


Delivery time of an electronic or photocopied article will vary depending on the provider. Articles from other MnPALS 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, usually take more than 5 business days to arrive.

You will be notified by email when a print article is ready for pick up. However, most articles are now delivered electronically and can be accessed by logging into your ILLiad account. Photocopied articles are held at the Central Service Desk on the 1st floor of Bush Library 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 8 business days to arrive. If we need to go out-of-state, it usually takes 10 to 14 business days. However, some international 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 CSD 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 at Hamline, not when you pick it up from the CSD.

Books borrowed via ILL often 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.

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.

We do NOT mail books or other physical items to distance learners.

Contact the Central Service 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 nearby 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.

Please keep the MnPALS loan slips with the items. Library partners need those slips when you return the item(s)!