Book & Media Retrieval @ the Library

Items located in the Main Stacks and Basement Storage can be requested online by all current LMU library patrons. If an item in the library catalog has a request button at the top of the page, click the button and follow the prompts to make your request. Items that cannot be requested online include reserve materials, non-basement media items, reference books, and any non-circulating materials.

Visitors without borrowing privileges may only request items from Basement Storage, and may not remove these items from the library building. Requests must be made in person at the Circulation Desk, and a valid photo I.D. is required.

Requesting an item from Main Stacks

If the library catalog shows that a book is in the Main Stacks and the status is "Available," you can go to the stacks to find the book yourself, or you can place a request to have the book retrieved and held at the Circulation Desk.

Requesting an item from Basement Storage

If the library catalog shows that a book, journal, or media item is in the library's Basement Storage, then you must make a request online. We will retrieve the item(s) for you, and your item(s) will be held at the Circulation Desk on Level 1 of the library.

If we are unable to locate a requested item, we will notify you that a search has been initiated, and you will be notified again when the item is found.

What is the turnaround time?

  • Online requests take up to two hours to retrieve. You will be notified by email when the item(s) are ready for pickup.
  • Walk-up requests at the Circulation Desk generally take one hour for LMU affiliates; however, multiple item requests may take longer.
  • All retrieval requests will stop two hours before the end of full service hours; requests received after that time will be fulfilled the next day.

How long will we hold the material at the Circulation Desk?

Retrieved items will be held for seven days.

Electronic Document Delivery

LMU faculty, staff, and EdD students can also request digital copies of articles and book chapters from the library's print and microfilm/microfiche collection. Allow up to three days for delivery to your email address. Please use ILLiad for articles; you may also request book chapters using this form.