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Items That are Checked Out


Placing a recall on an item will send the borrower a notice that the book has been requested and must be returned sooner than the original due date. The new due date is usually 14 days from the date of recall.

To place a recall: Search for the item in the Library catalog. If the item is checked out, the status will show "Charged" and a due date. Click on the "Request Item" button to the right of the displayed item.  If you are not already logged in with your NetID and password, you will be brought to an authentication screen.  If you are already logged in, you will be brought directly to the Request screen.  Select "Recall" from the pull down menu, and fill in the information on the request form.  Your recall request will be processed immediately and remain active for 180 days.


Placing a hold on an item will put your name on a requestor list. The book will be held after the borrower returns the book and after all recall requests for the book have been satisfied. Please note that a hold will not generate a notice to the borrower and will not shorten the due date. A hold request may be superceded by a recall request, even if the hold request was placed first. A hold should be placed only when access to the book is not a priority, and you are willing to wait for an extended period of time.

To place a hold: Follow the instructions above as for Recall. At the Request screen, choose "Hold" from the request type menu and fill in the form as required.

Borrow Direct

Borrow Direct may also be used if a book is charged out from the Cornell Library. When you find an item that is checked out in the Library Catalog, click on "Borrow Direct" at the top of the screen. Search the Borrow Direct catalog; if a copy is available, you may place a request.