Hold Requests & Interlibrary Loan Requests
At any one time, you may have a total of four (4) Hold Requests, plus a total of four (4) Interlibrary Loan Requests, including one (1) Zip Book.
Hold Requests & Interlibrary Loans
- Your first step is to check the library's catalog, or check with a librarian, to see if the item you want 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. Holds may be placed on audiovisual material as well as books.
- If our library system does not own the book you want, and at least 18 months have passed since it was first published, you may come to any library service desk to place an Interlibrary Loan request. The library will borrow the book for you from another library system somewhere in the United States.
- In some cases, if you prefer, the Library can order a Zip Book to be sent to your home. A Zip Book is an ordinary paper-format book that arrives quickly at your door. (If it happens to fit the grant rules, it can be an audiobook if you want.)
Films, audiobooks, and music are not available via Interlibrary Loan, but when the library owns them, you may place a hold on them.
When You Want a Newly Published Book
For a successful Interlibrary Loan, a book should be at least 18 months old. For a Zip Book at least 1 year old. If a book is too new to be an Interlibrary Loan or a Zip Book, you can make a Purchase Suggestion instead.
Zip Books is a facet of our Interlibrary Loan Service. As an alternative to borrowing a book from a library outside Humboldt, a book may be purchased and shipped directly to your home. This is an experiment funded by a grant from the California State Library..
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