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Your Best Request

Learn how to request items through the University Libraries in order to obtain them as quickly as possible.

Request Item: Get it from UMCP or other University System of Maryland Libraries

Found a circulating book owned by a College Park library or another USMAI library? Use the Request Item button to request it in the shared catalog. 

One button allows you to:

  • Request books that are currently on shelf and have them sent to any participating library for pick-up at the library service desk. You can even request that a book be pulled and waiting for you at the same library!  
  • Recall books that are currently checked out.   (But there's a better option--try UBorrow instead).      

Screenshot of selecting pick up location

Possible pick-up locations include any College Park or USMAI library. Faculty and staff can also choose UMCP Department Delivery and have the book delivered to their department. 

Average turnaround time varies depending on the circumstances:

  • 1-2 business days to be paged within the same library
  • 3 business days to transfer a UMCP book to another library on campus
  • Up to 1 week to request a book from another campus
  • 2 weeks or longer if the book has to be recalled from another user

Help us help you!

If you have already placed a hold on a book, please do not place an interlibrary loan request for the same material.

Exception:  you are notified that the hold was deleted because the book is missing.