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Answered By: William Gee
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2019     Views: 133

Place Hold

The Place Hold service allows you to ask library staff to pull items from the ECU Libraries' shelves for your use and, if the item is currently checked out, allows you to be added to a waiting list to be notified when the checked out item is returned. You may place a hold on materials in Joyner Library, the Music Library, and Laupus Health Sciences Library and choose the library where you would like to pick up the items; however, equipment such as laptops and cameras cannot be transferred between libraries.

Faculty & Staff Office Delivery, Renewals, and Returns

Faculty and staff who have offices on campus may request delivery of items to their departmental offices using the place hold service. For faculty and staff who have offices located in areas off the contiguous main campus or health sciences campus, items will be sent through campus mail. Faculty and staff may also request in office renewals and returns.  

Getting Checked Out Items Sooner

If the library item you want is currently checked out or otherwise not available, ECU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to place an interlibrary loan request to have another copy borrowed from another library for your use. This service is free. Please note that requested books and media may take a week or longer to arrive and the loan period is typically 30-60 days, sometimes with the possibility of one renewal.

For checked out library items held at Laupus Health Sciences Library and the Music Library, ECU faculty, staff, and students may place a recall request to have the current borrower asked to return the item for your use. Any items that have been checked out for at least 28 days can be recalled from any borrower.  Once the recalled item is returned and available, you will be notified by email to your ECU email address and you will have three days to pick up the item from the library service desk you specified when you placed the recall request. For items held at Joyner Library, you are encouraged to instead to place an interlibrary loan request. 

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