Borrowing from Other Libraries
Interlibrary loan (ILL) allows students, faculty (including adjuncts), and staff of Mitchell Hamline School of Law to access materials not available in the Warren E. Burger Library. Through interlibrary loan, eligible patrons can borrow books from other libraries and receive journal articles and book chapters in electronic format. All interlibrary loan transactions must comply with copyright guidelines.
Before Making an Interlibrary Loan Request
Begin by checking our catalog to see if we own or have full text access to the material you need. For e-journals, check the Library’s A-Z list of periodicals. You may also want to search for articles in Google Scholar to see if they are available free on the web. The reference staff are also happy to help you with your search strategy.
A-Z list of periodicals
Contact the reference staff
How do I submit a request?
If you determine the materials you want are not available in the Library, you may place an interlibrary loan request.
Step 1. Open Tipasa, the Library’s online ILL platform.
Step 2. Login to Tipasa
User Name: enter only the firstname.lastname portion of your Mitchell Hamline network user name
Password: enter your Mitchell Hamline network password
Step 3. Click on the red “Create Request” button
Step 4. Choose the “Article,” “Book,” or “Other” request form
Step 5. Fill in the form fields as completely as possible and submit your request.
How long will I wait for a requested item?
Materials generally arrive within a week, but may take longer, depending on where the item is coming from and the lending library’s response time. You may check on the status of an ILL request in Tipasa by logging into your account and reviewing your outstanding requests, which are visible in the “Interlibrary Loan Requests” section. Questions may also be sent to the circulation desk.
How do I retrieve my requested item?
You will receive an email when your requested item arrives. Books and other hardcopy materials can be picked up at the circulation desk.
In the case of articles or other scanned documents, the notification email will include a link and login credentials to Article Exchange, a secure document-sharing site. Retrieve your item by logging in to Article Exchange and downloading your materials.
How long will I get to keep the materials?
The lending library determines the length of time you may borrow a given item. A typical loan period can be anywhere from two weeks to three months, with four weeks being a fairly standard length. The lending library decides whether or not to grant renewals. If you need a renewal, you must request one in your Tipasa account before the due date. Renewal requests made when a book is overdue are generally not granted. Books should be returned to the circulation desk.
Journal articles, in print or electronic form, do not need to be returned.
What happens if my book is overdue/lost/damaged?
The borrower is expected to pay for any lost or damaged materials and for any overdue fines for materials returned after the due date. The fine for overdue ILL materials is determined by the lending library.
WARNING CONCERNING 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.
The Warren E. Burger Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.