Recalls & Holds

If you need a book, CD or DVD that is already checked out, you have options for getting it. If you need the item quickly, you can recall it. If you have more time, you can place a hold on it.


When you recall an item, the patron who has the item is notified that the item has been recalled and must be returned. The item will be due ten days after the recall was placed. An item must be checked out for a minimum of two weeks before it can be recalled. You have ten days to pick up the item before it is returned to the stacks.

To recall an item, you can call circulation at 865-5605, or online through SearchAll or the library catalog.

If you have an item that has been recalled, please note that you will be charged $1.00 a day in overdue fines, and your library privileges will be suspended until the item is returned. Fines accrue to a maximum of $20. Faculty members are also subject to recalls and to any applicable recall fines.

Items that are at the bindery or on reserve cannot be recalled.


In addition to recalling items, you can also place items on hold. Holds are appropriate for items that are due soon or overdue, or when you can wait longer than two weeks. Placing a hold prevents other patrons from checking the item out or renewing their loan. You can place a hold the same way you request a recall.

Recall & Holds Chart

Patron type Return library material in Overdue fine After recall, item is held
All Tulane affiliates (students, faculty, and staff) 10 days $1 per day 10 days
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