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How to Use Interlibrary Loan | Tipasa

A guide to using interlibrary loan and Tipasa.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service by which the Bishop Library Interlibrary Loan staff obtains research materials not available in the Bishop Library.

Interlibrary loan is available to current students, faculty and staff. Alumni and community members should visit their local public library for service.

Books, articles, book chapters, and other materials not available in the Bishop Library may be requested through interlibrary loan. Please do not request textbooks through interlibrary loan.

What is Tipasa?

Tipasa is the cloud based interlibrary loan management system used by the Bishop Library. 

The Tipasa system allows you to:

  1. Place interlibrary loan requests
  2. Track your requests
  3. Check due dates
  4. Renew items

You will need to use your LVC username and password to set up your account.


  • You may enable email or text message updates.
  • A link to the article or book chapter you requested will be available via your Tipasa account for 30 days and can be used to view the article up to 5 times. Print or save the article to access it beyond these limits.

All interlibrary loan requests must be submitted through your Tipasa account.

Copyright Notice

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 Bishop Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that request would involve violation of copyright law.