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Circulation Policies: When the Material is Already Checked Out - How to Place a Hold

Who Can Borrow What and For How Long

Place Holds on Open-Shelf and Board Items Checked out to Other Patrons

Items in the open-shelf, board review, leisure reading, or print journal collection that are currently checked out may be placed on hold. There are several options for placing an item on hold:

  • Call the circulation desk at 515-271-1537.
  • Email:
  • Place a hold online:
    • Go to the Library catalog on the Library Web page.
    • Search for the desired title.
    • Click on Request. (This option does not appear if the item is not checked out.) You will be prompted to enter your name and University ID number 
    • Click Submit.
  • You will be notified by email when the item is ready for you to pick up.
  • If the item you are interested in is currently on our shelves, please call the Library circulation desk and request that the item be pulled from the shelves and held for you.
  • Reserve Collection materials cannot be placed on hold. Please place a booking on those items.