How can I request an item?

  • You can request items from our library or from any of the libraries in the Southwest Wisconsin Library System.
  • It will be easier to request an item if you log in to the catalog first.
  • Search the catalog and find an item that you would like to request.
  • Click the “Place hold” button.
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    If you are not logged in to your account, you will have to enter the 14-digit barcode and your PIN and click on the “Place Hold” button again.

  • If you would like to pick up your items at a different library, choose a library from the drop-down menu.
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  • If you would like to reserve a specific copy or volume, uncheck the “reserve any item” box and then check the box(es) next to the specific item(s) you want.
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  • Click the “Reserve” button.

How will I know when my item is here?

  • If you want to be notified by email when your item is ready for pickup, stop by the library to make sure that your email address is in your record.
  • If we do not have your email address, you will be notified by phone when your item is ready.
  • Your request may take at least one week or longer, depending on the item availability.

Why can’t I request an item?

  • If an item is new to another library, they may not make it available for requests until their patrons have had a chance to use it first.
  • You may only have ten items requested at one time.
  • Some items are part of special collections so you may not be able to request them from another library.
  • Items in storage are not readily accessible so you may not be able to request them.

How do I get a library card?
How do I access my library account?
How do I renew my library items?