Requests & Holds

Requesting a Library Item

It's a top priority of ours: a Library collection that meets our community's demand for great books, music, movies, and more. If what you're looking for isn't available at the moment, we'll do our best to help you explore other options.

Requested items may be picked up at the Library location of your choice, including the Bookmobile and Outreach Van.

Hold Requests

If an item in the Library's collection is checked out, it's easy to request that we hold it for you upon its return. Just place a Hold through the Library Catalog, wait for the notification that it's ready for you*, then pick it up at the location you've designated.

To place a hold on a Library item:

  • Log in to My Account
  • Locate the item you'd like in the Library Catalog
  • To the right of the item's name, choose "Place Hold"
  • From the "Pickup Library" drop-down menu on the Place a Request page, choose where you would like to pick up your Hold
  • The default Activation Date for your Hold Request is today; if you would like to set a different Activation Date, enter it in the Activation Date field
  • Choose "Submit Request"

*If others have already placed a Hold on the item, your Hold Request will fall into a waitlist. You can see the status of your Holds Requests online any time at My Account > My Holds & Requests.

Depending on the particular eLending platform, the Library's digital materials (eBooks, streaming media, etc.) may also be "checked out" by others and thus unavailable. Some eLending platforms do allow you to place a hold on these items; please see the eLender's help pages or contact the Library for assistance.

Is someone else picking up your Hold items? See "Checking Out for Someone Else" on our Checkout & Borrowing page.

Suspending & Cancelling Hold Requests

Out of town, or just enough checked out for now—sometimes it's just not a good time to pick up your Library holds. You can cancel Hold Requests at any time, or "put your holds on hold" by suspending them in My Account, reactivating them when you're ready.

To suspend or cancel hold requests on Library items:

  • Log in to My Account
  • Select "My Hold Requests" in the left-hand navigation block
  • Check the boxes next to Hold Requests you'd like to suspend
  • Choose "Suspend/Reactivate Selected" or "Cancel Selected" below the list of your Hold Requests
  • Enter a reactivate date and choose "Submit"

You may also change suspension/reactivation dates on any items by following the steps above.

Borrowing from other libraries

If you don't find what you're looking for in our collection, we recommend visiting Indiana University Libraries. All residents of Indiana are entitled to a free Borrower's Card for use in IU Libraries—that's almost 8 million books at the Bloomington campus alone! You can search IUCAT to see what's in IU's collection, and see their borrowing policies for more information.

Outside of IU Libraries, certain books may also be available through Interlibrary Loan, which allows libraries across the region to lend to one another. Our ability to borrow through Interlibrary Loan on your behalf is limited, however; please contact the Library for more information on this option.

Recommending an Item for the Library's Collection

We're always looking for recommendations for our collection! You can request that the Library purchase more great items by completing a Suggestion for Purchase.

See related information on our Checkout & Borrowing page