Hold Requests & Interlibrary Loan Requests

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.  Zip Books are a special project to improve your Interlibrary Loan options.

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.

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Hold Requests & Interlibrary Loans



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  
  4. 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.)
At this time there is no fee for Interlibrary Loan service, Zip Books, or Hold requests. 

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.