Answered By: Gretchen Scronce
Last Updated: May 10, 2019     Views: 5473

Placing a Hold

If a book you need is currently checked out, you can place a hold to be notified when the book is returned. 

  • For a book that is listed in the library catalog as checked out or otherwise unavailable, click the "request item" link in the catalog record and fill out the online hold form.
  • When the book is returned and checked in, you will receive an email that the book is ready. It will be held for you at the Access & Instruction Desk for up to five (5) days.
  • Visit the A&I Desk with your Cougar Card to check out the item. 

Items are placed on hold on a first come first serve basis--if the requested book is already on hold, your name would be added to the hold list.  

Holds are only for items checked out or listed as unavailable. The library does not retrieve items from the stacks for students or affiliate users. If a book's status is Available, use the call number to locate it in the second floor book stacks. Visit the service desk if you need assistance. 

Holding library materials at the Access & Instruction Desk

While the library does not retrieve items from the stacks for students or affiliates, in some circumstances the Access & Instruction Desk will hold materials you have found yourself and wish to use during a future library visit. 

These circumstances include:

  • You found materials you want to check out but you've forgotten your Cougar Card OR you have outstanding fines on your library account that prevent you from borrowing materials.

  • The materials you are using are designated for library use only.

To have items held at the A&I Desk:

  • Bring the books/materials to the A&I Desk during desk hoursThis applies only to library materials. The A&I Desk cannot hold personal items. 

  • Check them in with a staff person.

  • When you need the items again, visit the A&I Desk and ask for the items you have on hold.

  • Items will remain on hold for five (5) days. After 5 days, they are removed from hold and re-shelved in the library collection.

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