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Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Request materials not owned by Bush Library, when you find them in HamCAT.


If Hamline doesn't own an item found in HamCAT, 1 or 2 options to request the item from another library will appear in the record:

Get it from other libraries: estimated delivery for physical copy in 7 days, or digital chapter

  • Time to delivery for physical and electronic items, and borrowing periods for physical items (eg. books), may vary depending on the policies and location of the supplying library.

  • ILL requests are processed or delivered Monday through Friday except for holidays.

  • Estimated time to delivery of physical items such as books will often be visible when the request is placed. 

  • You may view the status of your request(s) in HamCAT My Account (login required).Requested date,  awaiting process by lender, not set yet indicator

 Note: You will have to click on an arrow in requests to view status details.

The average turnaround time for digital articles and chapter requests is a little over 10 hours, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. However some digital requests may take several days.

All physical loan items will be accompanied by loan slip paperwork. Please keep the paperwork inserted in your borrowed book as it will be used by Hamline to return your loan to the correct lender.

Example of a loan slip [photo].

ILL is not a guarantee, but Bush Library and its lending partners make a serious effort to get items for library users quickly and efficiently.