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 Hold Requests and Inter-library Loan Requests 

How to request items you can see in the library catalog

How to request items not in the library catalog

If the book or article you are looking for is not at hand in your library branch, don't give up.   In most cases, you can use a hold request or an interlibrary loan request to get the item delivered to your branch.  At any one time, you may have a total of four Hold requests, plus a total of four Interlibrary Loan requests.

Your first step is to check the library's catalog, or check with a librarian, to see if the item is available anywhere in the Humboldt County Library System. 

If you can see that the item you want is in the catalog, and the library has a copy, you can place a free hold request.

If our library system does not own the item, you may place an interlibrary loan request.  The library will borrow the book for you from another library system somewhere in the United States. 

There is a one-dollar fee for the interlibrary loan service. There is no fee for a hold request.

Due to cuts in California State Library funding, audiovisual items such as DVDs, CDs, videos, audio books, or music recordings cannot be borrowed from other library systems at ths time. Please note that we do have eBooks and eAudiobooks; you may find an audiobook title you are looking for in digital download format on Overdrive. Overdrive's eBooks are not listed by title and author on the library catalog, so this resource must be checked separately.


Requesting an Item Found in the County Library System's Catalog

You may place a hold request on any item in any branch of the Humboldt County Library (except for Reference materials; these are "in-library use only.") 

You can reserve the item yourself by using the online catalog, or ask a Reference Librarian to place your hold.  

You will need your library card.

You may have a total of four holds at any time.  


Requesting an item not found in the Library Catalog

If the material you want is not available in the Humboldt County Library, you may visit the reference desk to request it through Interlibrary Loan.  

Through this service, the Humboldt County Library borrows materials from other libraries on your behalf.  Because these items come from other library systems, they may take some time to arrive, generally from one week to a month.  For difficult items it may take longer.

The library that owns the item has the discretion to set the due date, limit rental or specify in-library use only. 

Any request for renewal should be made 2-3 days in advance of the due date.

New materials less than one year old are not available through interlibrary loan. Instead, you may fill out a purchase suggestion form if you wish the library to consider buying an item.

A $1.00 non-refundable fee must accompany each loan request. 

To request materials through interlibrary loan, please see Reference/Information staff.

Because an interlibrary loan request can take time to arrive, be sure to let us know if your request should be cancelled by a certain date. 

Materials such as entire issues of magazines, rare or valuable books, reference books, genealogy or microforms can be difficult to borrow.

If you are requesting photocopies, or a hard-to-get item, you should be aware that many libraries charge borrowing and/or photocopy fees. For your convenience, please indicate on the form how much you would be willing to pay for the materials you are requesting. 

We will make every effort to borrow from libraries that do not charge. When this is not possible and with your prior agreement, we will borrow from libraries that charge a fee.  Any charges you have chosen to incur must be paid before checking out the material.

You may have a total of four Interlibrary Loan requests at any one time.