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Borrow Materials from Other Libraries

The University Libraries uses Prospector, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), and the High Plains Library District to provide materials unavailable at UNC by borrowing from other libraries. There is no charge to UNC faculty, staff, or students for these services. 

  • Prospector

    Prospector is a catalog of many academic, public, and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. With a single search you can identify and borrow materials from these collections and have them delivered to your local library.

    You will receive an email (and a text, if you are signed up for the Libraries text messaging service) when your Prospector items arrive.

  • Interlibrary Loan

    The UNC Libraries uses the Tipasa system for managing interlibrary loan materials. To request items from another library, submit an interlibrary loan request. You will need to log in using your UNC username and password.

    Login to Interlibrary Loan

    Interlibrary Loan Item Types

    Try a search for your book in Prospector first. If the book is not available in Prospector, submit an ILLiad request. You will receive an email (and a text, if you are signed up for the Libraries text messaging service) when the book is available to pick up from the main desk.

    Submit an interlibrary loan request. You will receive the article electronically via email.

    DVDs and CDs
    Try a search for your item in Prospector first. Popular videos, DVDs, and CDs are often difficult to get through Interlibrary Loan.

    Dissertations and Theses
    Submit an interlibrary loan request. Many libraries send only microform copies or do not lend dissertations. If a dissertation is not available on loan it can often be obtained from UMI for a fee.

    Depending on location and availability, it can take from 5 days to 3 weeks to obtain requested material. You will be notified by e-mail when an item arrives.

    Loan Periods
    The loan period for books is determined by the lending library and is usually at least 1 week. The due date is written on the colored band attached to the item.

    Items overdue by 28 days or more are considered lost and a replacement fee of $100 is charged.

    Distance Students
    If you reside 50 miles or more from campus, see the Services for Distance/Off Campus Students page for more information on requesting materials.

    Other Libraries
    Other libraries wishing to borrow materials, please see Interlibrary Loan Information for Other Libraries.

    More Information
    Contact the Access Services Department at 970-351-2671 for more information.

  • High Plains Library District

    High Plains Library District (HPLD) is the public library system serving most of Weld County and parts of neighboring counties.

    UNC students, faculty and staff can get an HPLD library card at Michener Library! Bring your UNC ID, fill out an application, and receive a card. You can start requesting material immediately.

    UNC students, faculty and staff with HPLD cards can pick up requested HPLD materials at Michener Library. When requesting an item in the HPLD catalog, select University of Northern Colorado as the pickup location. Delivery will take a couple of business days – select email notification to get the most accurate notifications about when your material is ready for pickup.

    More questions? Contact the Michener Main Desk at 970-351-2671.

    Search the HPLD catalog

Borrow Materials from University Libraries

For more information about borrowing materials from Michener and Skinner Music Libraries, please visit Borrow Materials from University Libraries.