Q. What does it mean to "hold" a book?


You may place a "hold" on an item if an item is checked out or on the shelf. If the item is checked out, when the item is returned, it will be held for you. You will receive notification (most likely by e-mail) that the item is available for check out. If others placed a hold on the item before you did, you will be in a queue. If you have an item checked out, and another patron places a hold on it, you will not be able to renew the item.

If the item is available for checkout when you place the hold, a staff member will locate the item and place it on the hold shelf under your name.

When placing the hold, you may designate the library location for pickup. If the item is located at one library, and you want to pick up the item at another location, you will receive notification when the item arrives.

Holds are made for books, cassette tapes, compact discs, audio books on compact discs, video tapes and kits. Holds may not be placed on DVDs, book and DVD Quick Picks, or magazines. There is a 20 item holds limit that a patron may request at a time.

An item may not be renewed if a hold has been placed on it. An item with a hold will accrue overdue fines according to the established rate if not returned by the date due.

Materials are held for 5 days.

  • Last Updated Jan 09, 2019
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