Holds and Recalls

If you need a book, CD or DVD that is already checked out, you can place a hold on it or request it via ILL.  You can also place a recall by visiting the circulation desk.


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. 

How to Place a Hold Online

To place a hold on an item through Library Search:

1.    To place the item on hold, first click on the Request tab.
2.     Click on the Sign-in link to log in to your library account.
3.     The Hold option is selected by default.   Next, you need to select a Pickup Location. Uptown patrons should select Howard-Tilton Circ Desk. Patrons may also choose to pick up recalled items at the Matas Library of the Health Sciences downtown.

To place a hold on an item through the classic catalog:

1.     Click on the Make a Request link. You will be prompted to log in to your library account.
2.     Click on "Place a Hold for a checked out item".
3.     Enter your Splash Card ID or barcode, then click Submit.


Recalls are used when you need a book within a short time frame.  When a book is recalled, the patron that has the book has 10 days to return it.
How to Place a Recall

If you wish to place a recall, you must visit the Circulation Desk, located on the first floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.  Circulation staff can manually place a recall on any checked-out book from there.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need an item and do not wish to wait for a hold or recall, you can request it via Interlibrary Loan.  Information on using ILL can be found here.