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Holds & Requests


A hold on a book in the library collection is like a reservation. When you place a hold, the item is put aside for you to pick up at your preferred campus library. You will receive an email when the item is ready for pick up. It will be held for you for 3 days after you receive the email. You can also request items for the collection.

 How to Place a Hold

After performing a search the Library Catalogue, click on a title in the results list to see more details about the item. Once you have found the item you need, follow these steps.

1 Click on the Place Hold button.

click on the place hold button

2 If you are not logged into the library catalogue you will be asked to log in with your MohawkID and password.

login to your library account

3 Select your campus from the Pickup location menu. If you would like to be notified by email when your item is ready for pickup, enter your email address. Click the Submit button to finish placing the hold.

select hold details

 How to Edit a Hold

You can edit the items you have on hold at any time by logging into your account and clicking on the Holds tab. From here you can suspend, activate or cancel a hold. Click the checkbox for the item and choose an action from the drop-down menu.

example of editing a hold

 How to Make a Request

It is important to us that we have relevant and useful resources for students and faculty in the library. We welcome your requests and suggestions for additions – books, eBooks, videos, magazines and journals - to the library collection. All requests must fall within our Collection Development Policy (PDF) and are subject to budgetary considerations. If we cannot find or afford something that you would like us to add, we will work with you to find a suitable substitution.

Before making a recommendation...

  • Check the library catalogue to ensure that the item is not available in the collection
  • Perform a search in the library databases to ensure that the article is not available in our electronic resources.

 Gifts & Donations

The Library welcomes gifts and accepts them with the donor’s understanding that the materials are evaluated by the same standards as purchased items. A donor form documents all donations. Lack of staff time for processing, age, format, topic, physical condition or copyright considerations is a determinant for adding donated items to the collection.