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Interlibrary Loan

Do you need to borrow a book from another library? With Interlibrary Loan, it is possible to borrow books, articles, DVDs, and more from other libraries in Virginia and throughout the world. 

Hampden-Sydney patrons can find materials held by other libraries by searching through WorldCat - a global catalog of library collections. Requests can be placed directly from the WorldCat search results. Enter your search terms in the WorldCat search box below to get started! 

WorldCat Search

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Attention: Bortz Library has resumed all Interlibrary Loan services, including borrowing and lending physical materials. Patrons may now request to borrow both electronic and print materials from other institutions. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, response times for physical requests may be slower as library staff continue to work part-time from home. Thank you for your patience.

Tipasa Software

Tipasa is the software that Bortz Library uses to request items from another library. Every Hampden-Sydney student automatically has a Tipasa account created for them upon matriculating as a freshman. To log in to Tipasa, click on the link below and log in with your standard H-SC email username and password. If you have trouble logging in or have questions about your account, please contact the library.

Log in to Tipasa



Login Page

Tipasa Features

  • Electronic materials will be sent directly to your account.
  • Patrons may sign up for text or email notifications.
  • Real-time status updates are provided for each request, so that you can see when an item has shipped or arrived. 
  • Patrons may request renewals on any item with just one click!


Frequently Asked Questions
  • How long can I check out ILL books and other materials?

The typical ILL check out period for most institutions is 8 weeks. However, the checkout period for ILL materials is set by the lending institution, and it may vary depending on the type of materials being borrowed. Always check the paper slip on the front of your ILL item(s) to see the due date.  

  • Can I renew my ILL materials?

Sometimes - most institutions allow at least one renewal, but some institutions do not, or they may only allow renewals for certain materials. Renewal requests should be made through Tipasa. 

  • What happens if I lose my ILL materials? 

You will be required to pay replacement costs for any lost ILL items just as you would pay for lost items borrowed from Bortz Library. Please keep in mind that the replacement costs for ILL items are set by the lending institution and they may be higher than Bortz Library's replacement costs. 

  • How many ILL items can I have checked out at once? 

Bortz Library allow patrons to submit up to 40 active requests at a time. If you have reached this limit, you will not be allowed to submit more requests. Please note: this limit request only applies to print materials, it does not apply to electronic materials.