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Interlibrary Loan

This library service allows current Purdue Northwest faculty, students, and staff to borrow materials not owned by our library.

Tipasa is the cloud-based management system used for interlibrary loan requests.

Hammond Campus Tipasa

Westville Campus Tipasa

In very rare cases, a fee might be required for the requested item. If this is the case, the patron will be contacted by the interlibrary loan staff for approval to proceed with the request.

Books are generally delivered within six days, and articles are generally received within a few days. Patrons are notified via email when materials are available for pick up. Electronic articles and book chapters are delivered to the patron’s Tipasa account.

User Instructions

New Tipasa Users

  • Click on the box, “Hammond Campus Tipasa” or “Westville Campus Tipasa” depending on where you want to receive your material
  • Click the “CREATE ACCOUNT” link
  • You will be taken to a screen where you are instructed to enter identifying pieces of information to create your account
  • Click “CREATE”
  • You may now login with the account credentials just created

Users who had an ILLiad account will need to do the following the first time at Tipasa login:

  • Click the box, “Hammond Campus Tipasa” or “Westville Campus Tipasa” depending on where you want to receive your material
  • Click the “FORGOT PASSWORD” link
  • You will be taken to a screen where you are instructed to enter your PNW email address
  • After entering your email address, click “REQUEST NEW PASSWORD.”
  • An email will be sent to your PNW email address with instructions and a link to set your password in Tipasa

Contact Information

Hammond Campus

Student Union Library (SULB) Building – Second Floor
(219) 989-2224

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Westville Campus

Library-Student-Faculty (LSF) Building – Second Floor
(219) 785-5248

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course Reserves

Reserves are course materials which University Instructors place on hold in the library for their students to use.

Reserve Locations

Second floor of the Student Union and Library Building (219-989-2224).

Second floor of the Library Student Faculty (219-785-5248).

Reserve FAQs

Who can borrow a Reserve?

  • Purdue University Northwest Faculty, students, and staff.

How do I find a Reserve?

  • Reserves are kept at the Library’s Public Services Desk.· To check if an item is on reserve, you may call or check the Library’s catalog (PRIMO) under “Course Reserves.”

How do I check out a Reserve?

  • A valid Purdue University Northwest ID card is required to check out reserve material.
  • Reserve material is categorized by course number and instructor.
  • Students must provide this information in order to get the needed reserve material.

How long can I keep a Reserve?

  • Reserve materials can be checked out for the loan period designated by the instructor.
  • Generally, items are checked out for two-hour library use.
  • Occasionally instructors will place items on reserve for three day or one-week home use.

What are the rules?

  • A limit of three reserve items may be checked out at one time.
  • Reserve materials may not be renewed, but if there is another copy available it may be checked out as long as the other is returned first.
  • Borrowers who do not return reserve materials by the date and time designated on the date due slip may be restricted to library use of all reserve materials and are liable for damage/replacement fees.

Where do I place material on Reserve?

  • The reserve collection is located at the Public Services desk.

How do I place material on Reserve?

  • Personal copies of material should be brought to the Public Services desk.
  • Library owned copies of material can be requested for placement on reserve.
  • Reserves may also be submitted by campus mail.
  • Electronic submissions must have the Library Reserve Request Form attached.
    1. A minimum of 24 hours (excluding weekends/holidays) are required to process reserves.
    2. At the beginning of semesters, reserve requests can require 48 hours to process.
    3. All reserve requests are processed in the order they are received.

What may be placed on Reserve?

  • Material owned by the library.
  • Instructor’s personal copies of books.
  • A single photocopy of an article or book chapter.
  • Old exams, lecture notes, study guides, and media.

Please note, while we do our best to care for personal copies placed on reserve, the library cannot assume responsibility for the wear and tear or possible loss of these items. Furthermore, if you submit a personal copy of a book the library owns, the library copy will be placed on reserve and your copy will be returned to you.

Textbook Reserve policy

  • The Library will place single copies of textbooks provided by the instructor. (As space permits)
  • Textbooks which are desk copies or review copies must also include a written policy/permission from publisher permitting the textbooks to be placed on reserve in the Library.

What may not be placed on Reserve?

  • Periodicals
  • Reference books
  • Microforms
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Multiple photocopies (Copyright law)

How long does material remain on Reserve?

  • Reserve materials are generally removed at the end of each semester.
  • Removal letters are sent to instructors via email/campus mail.
  • No response of letters, indicates the library is to remove the items on reserve.
  • Library copies are returned to Stacks and personal copies to the instructor.

Recommend a Purchase

Looking to recommend a purchase to the PNW library? See the process.

Please search PRIMO, the library’s search and discovery tool, to verify library holdings before submitting a request for purchase.

If you are requesting a purchase, please supply us with as much bibliographic information as possible. For bibliographic information, you can search WorldCat, online booksellers or publishers’ catalogs.

Ready recommend a purchase to the library?

Library Purchase Form

For more information, contact Collection Development Coordinator Sammy Chapman at or (219) 989-2903.

Request an Instruction Session

PNW’s library liaisons have expertise in specific areas and can work directly with faculty, staff and students to provide programs, services and library collections.

Request a Library Instruction Session

Instruction Session Guidelines

  • Please book your sessions as early in the semester as possible. We ask for one-week advance notice so we can prepare.
  • Faculty are asked to meet with librarian as soon as possible, bringing a syllabus and an assignment for session preparation.
  • Instructors should plan to be present for the session.
  • One session is good, but multiple sessions can really re-inforce information literacy learning.

Virtual Reference Appointments

The library uses screen sharing software that allows you to see a librarian’s computer screen from your computer off campus to view a personalized demonstration on library resources. Contact your subject specialist to make an appointment via email or by telephone at the numbers below.

  • Hammond: 219-989-2676.
  • Westville: 219-785-5248.

Library Liaisons

Sammy Chapman, Jr.

Sammy Chapman, Jr.

Business & Science Librarian

(219) 989-2903

Sheila Rezak

Sheila Rezak

Education Librarian

(219) 989-2677

Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes

Instruction & Outreach Librarian

(219) 785-5249

Marcia Keith


Nursing Librarian

(219) 989-2523

Tricia Jauquet

Tricia Jauquet

Technical Services Librarian

(219) 785-5234

Joseph Coates

Joseph Coates

University Archivist

(219) 989-2063