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  1. Log in. Click on login at the left or top of the page.
    Type in the full barcode number from your library card.
    Leave the PIN/Password empty.
    In the Pickup Location box, choose Hennepin County Library from the drop down menu. Your library card must be registered with Hennepin County Library in order to request an item to pick up at a Hennepin County library and to check out the item when it arrives. See Library Cards & Borrowing page for more information.
    Note: If MnLINK does not accept your library card number, contact your home library system to check on your account.
  2. Search for the item.
    Enter your search in the search terms box or use advanced search to find a record for an item you want, including format and edition.
    Choose a record for any location; MnLink will automatically request the item from any library it is available from.
    Click on Details for more information and to verify that the item is the one wanted.
    Click on Get It!
  3. Complete the request form.
    My Requests
    Use the drop down menu on the Pickup Location box to choose the Hennepin County library where the item should be sent.
    Part Details
    Use this section to request journal or magazine articles or multi-volume sets (one request per form).
    Special Instructions
    You can indicate here whether you do not need the item after a certain date. If you want ILL staff to search nationally for an item that is not in MnLINK, then type "national search" in the box. ILL staff will not conduct a national search unless requested
    Review the request and then click Submit.
  4. If there is no record in MnLINK go to Advanced Search then Profile.
    Change the Profile to ELM-WorldCat [shared].
    If a record is found, click on Get It! and complete the request form.
    Note in the Special Instructions box that a national search is requested.
    If a record is not found, then at the left, under My Account, click on Create Request and fill in as much information as possible.
    ILL staff cannot request materials outside of North America.
    If a lender can be found for an item, you will be notified when it arrives at your selected pickup location.
    If a lender is not found, a note will be placed on your library account.
  5. You can check the status of your requests in MnLINK by clicking on My Requests under My Account at the left. Click on Show all Requests to display all requests. Click on "What does this status mean?" to see a description of the various statuses.
  6. Log out when finished.

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