Can students or faculty at greater Minnesota campuses (Duluth, Morris, Crookston) check out books or use interlibrary loan services?


Yes, there are varying options for students and faculty of the greater U of M campuses to obtain University of Minnesota Twin Cities borrowing privileges (and these are detailed below). However, University Libraries' interlibrary loan services (borrowing from other institutions materials that are not owned at the University) are reserved for University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus students, faculty, and staff only. This restriction is largely based on the extraordinary costs of providing these services. Please consult your campus library to request interlibrary loan services.


Faculty of other accredited institutions of higher education are eligible for a Libraries' Special Borrowing Privileges card. Faculty may obtain an application for a Special Privilege Borrower's card at any major library circulation desk, or download the PDF form. Completed applications, accompanied by proper documentation, as defined on the application, must be submitted to:

Borrowing Privileges & Fines Unit
110 Wilson Library
University of Minnesota
Mpls., MN 55455

or faxed to (612) 626-8968.

For more information, call (612) 624-3383 or 624-2882 during business hours, M-F, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or send email to Additionally, through their own campus libraries, faculty may request materials known to be available on the Twin Cities campus. By agreement through our respective libraries and by means of the MINITEX Library Information Network, available materials will be sent from the Twin Cities campus library to other libraries in the region. Materials can then be picked up at the requester's campus library.


Greater Minnesota campus students who wish to obtain on-site borrowing privileges have a couple of options:

Also, as mentioned for faculty, greater Minnesota campus students may request materials known to be available on the Twin Cities campus through their own campus libraries. Materials will be delivered to and can be picked up at the requester's campus library.

Finally, please remember that the greater Minnesota campus faculty and students are welcome to use the University Libraries' collections, most databases, and most facilities on-site. One does not need a card or pass to enter and use the Libraries.


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