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Request Books

Learn how to place holds on books in our collection for mail delivery or pickup.

1. Search Our Collection

Use the search box below to search for print books in our collection.

2. Check Availability

Brief records in search results display each item's availability status (usually Available or Checked Out).

Available book record example

Example of checked out item on search results page

3. Click Title

Click on the book title to open its item details page. The Request button is found in the Access Options panel.

Location of Request button in detailed record

4. Submit Hold Request

CGCS and other distance students, as well as fully remote NU faculty, may select Mail delivery from the dropdown under "Pick Up Options." On-campus/commuter students and faculty should use the default Library Services Desk location. If selecting mail delivery, we ask that you provide a current mailing address in the Item Description/Notes field.

Place Hold request form

After your request has been submitted, you will receive either a shipping confirmation or instructions for in-person pickup by email. You can check on the status of your holds any time in the Requested tab in your Library Account.

Returning Books

Please bring returns to a staff member at the Library Services Desk or drop off materials in the book drop located in the entry vestibule (open 24 hours). Materials can also be returned by mail.

Requesting a tracking number is highly recommended, as we cannot waive fines for lost materials without proof that those materials were delivered to campus.

If you are unable to return your materials by mail, please contact the Circulation Manager, Sarah LaForce (, to make alternate arrangements.

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