Librarian-approved, Time-saving Research Tips, Part 3: Place Holds

Note: this is the third post in an 8-part series of tips designed to make you a better researcher.

Today's time-saving research tip is a quick one. :)

  • Does the thought of searching the stacks for a call number scare you?
  • Are the books you need for your paper scattered across all 3 libraries?
  • Are you just too stinkin' busy to hunt down all the books you need in the libraries?

Holds are for you! Placing holds on library items can save you tons of time, since you can pick up all the items you need in one place.

Using holds is super-easy. Just search our catalog for books, then click the "Request" link (check to see if the item is listed as "Available" first). If you're going to be requesting multiple books, you can place them in your book cart and request them all at the same time.

Once you log in with your APU NetID and password, tell us which pickup location you'd like to use. Within 24 hours, you should receive an email that your items are ready for pickup. If you place a hold on a checked-out item, we'll save your hold information and email you as soon as the item is returned. You can check on your holds any time through your personal library account.

If you're a Regional Center or online student, you can choose "By Mail" as your pickup location to have items mailed to your home free of charge within 2 business days--return postage is included too, for easy returns.

Once you start placing holds, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them! If you've got questions about holds, feel free to call us at (626) 815-3847.

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