What does putting a "hold" on a book or other item actually mean?
Answered By: Jen Church-Duran
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2017

A hold is a request to put your name on a waiting list for items in the Libraries that are currently checked out by another person. Not all materials are eligible for holds.

A recall starts a request for the early return of Library book that is currently checked out by another person. Most library material is subject to recall.

A patron who wishes to recall material from another patron, or to have an item held for them upon its return, may place a recall or hold request at the Circulation Desk or online.  However, it may be quicker to consider ordering the item from another library via Interlibrary Loan (including BorrowItNow), as the turnaround time for recalls can be 14+ days.

To place a hold/recall online:

  1. Go to the Library Catalog and search for the title you want.
  2. Bring up the Full Record screen for the title and click on the Request button at the top of the page.
  3. Enter your barcode number and your last name and then click on the Login button.
  4. Complete the form and click on the Submit Request button.

 
   
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