These pages explain circulation services and policies at the Stanford University Libraries, including borrowing periods, renewals, and return policies. While policies vary by library and user privilege level (faculty, staff, undergraduate, alumni, etc.), books typically have longer lending periods than other materials, such as DVDs and media. Still have questions after reading these pages? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recalls and holds
When the item you want is already checked out to another borrower, you can recall it by clicking the "Request" link displayed next to the item in SearchWorks. A recall changes an item's due date to one week from the date you place the recall. You must have an active SUNet ID and a library account in good standing to request a recall.
If you would prefer not to recall an item but would like to be notified when the item has been returned to the library, you can place a hold. To place a hold you must visit a circulation desk and speak to a staff member.
You will receive an email when the requested item is available for you. You will have one week to pick up books and journals, and three days to pickup Media & Microtext Center materials. If there are multiple requests for a single item, the requests are honored in the order received.
You can view and/or cancel your recalls or holds using My Account, or by visiting a circulation desk.