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Interlibrary Loan and Digital Delivery

We offer access to materials needed for course work and scholarly research, including materials not currently available within the University of Minnesota Libraries, and digital copies of articles and book chapters from our print and microform collections.

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About

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) & Digital Delivery offers access to materials needed for course work and scholarly research, including:

  • materials not currently available within the University of Minnesota Libraries,
  • and digital copies of articles and book chapters from our print and microform collections.

These services are free for currently-affiliated University students, faculty, and staff.

About UBorrow

UBorrow searches 15+ major research libraries (Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions). UBorrow is a great way to search for books and media (CDs, DVDs and even LPs!). 

Requested materials usually arrive within 1 week and can be borrowed for 16 weeks with one 4-week renewal (they are not recalled except under unusual circumstances). Media items may have a shorter loan period.

The service is offered by the member institutions of the BTAA, which is comprised of the universities of the Big Ten Conference as well as the University of Chicago. Materials from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) may also be requested.

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Contact us

Contact Interlibrary Loan & Digital Delivery staff for inquiries on requests, overdue items, lost books, incorrect items received, and other request issues.

To ensure that your correspondence is answered promptly, please direct all questions to wilsill@umn.edu.

Main Office
65L Wilson library
309 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-1806
Email: wilsill@umn.edu

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) & Digital Delivery offers free access to materials needed for course work and scholarly research that are not currently available within the University of Minnesota Libraries and digital copies of articles and book chapters from our print and microform collections.

Who may use Interlibrary Loan and Digital Delivery

Available to students, staff, and faculty of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, as well as Extension, Research and Outreach Centers, and Itasca or Hormel Institutes with active borrowing privileges.

Friends of the Library and Special Privilege Card holders are not eligible for the university’s interlibrary loan services but may request materials through their local public library.

University of Minnesota Law School affiliates should use the Law Library's Interlibrary Loan & Scan on Demand service.

Cost

Most materials are available with no charge. If a fee is required, you will be contacted for approval before the material is ordered.

Interlibrary Loan material due dates

The due dates of ILL items are determined by the lending libraries and indicated on the book strip attached to the front of the material.  If an item becomes 28 days overdue, your ILL account will be blocked and you will not be able to submit additional requests until the item is returned.  You might be billed for the replacement of items if they are not returned.  The cost of replacement is determined by the lending library. 

Requestable materials

  • Primarily books, dissertations, government publications, and photocopies of articles. Current periodicals or newspapers, rare books, new books, videos, and recordings may be unavailable.
  • Interlibrary Loan will attempt to borrow textbooks.  If a textbook arrives from a Big Ten Library, it may be borrowed for 16 weeks with at least a 4-week renewal. Other libraries may only lend for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • If a title is renewable, a “Request Renewal” button is listed next to the item in your ILLiad account (after submitting the request, check the new due date). If the renew request is denied, we will contact you with the new due date assigned by the lending library. 

Digital Delivery policies

  • The service will scan a small portion, article or chapter from print material, microfilm and fiche held within our collection.
  • If an item is not found on the shelf, the request will be filled through Interlibrary Loan, who will obtain the item from another library (typically within 1-3 days).
  • Books on reserve for classes are not available for digitization.
  • The University of Minnesota Libraries reserves the right to cancel requests in some circumstances, such as a request exceeding 75 pages, or other requests that may put undue strain on resources. We will contact you if we are unable to fulfill your request.

Other document scanning services

Time until requests arrive

  • Books: average 3 to 10 days
  • Articles and book chapters: average 1 to 3 days

Length of time varies depending on availability, shipping, and other factors. Please request materials with ample time before your deadline.

Request status

Sign into your ILL account under Manage my requests or contact the Interlibrary Loan office to find the status of your request.

Notifications

All notices and messages are sent via email. You will be notified via email when articles are available for download within your ILL account. 

On campus pick up locations

Campus office delivery

Campus office delivery is available for faculty and staff only.

For Extension, Research and Outreach Centers, Itasca*, and Hormel Institute:

  • Items will be sent with pre-paid UPS return label and shipped at no charge.
  • We will contact patrons to confirm the shipping address for any off-TC campus addresses.

Off campus delivery

Off campus delivery is available upon request to addresses within the domestic United States. 

Materials sent to University of Minnesota Extension, Research and Outreach Centers, Itasca*, and Hormel Institute will be sent with pre-paid UPS return label.

*Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories researches please enter a note for each request indicating that they are currently located at the Itasca Biological Station.

Damaged or lost materials

Cost to replace vary. To avoid overdue fines, please notify the Interlibrary Loan office immediately. Costs may include:

  • Replacement cost: determined by the lending library. Lending libraries might accept a new, same edition copy. 
  • Processing fee: $15

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