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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. 

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; log in below 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.

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Attention: Per VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia) consortium guidelines, all Virginia libraries have been asked to immediately cease shipments of all physical materials between libraries due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Article and single book chapter requests will still be accepted.


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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.