Placing Holds on Items

You may place a hold on a book that is owned by the library but is not currently available. Once you have located an item in the catalog, you can place a request/hold on it and have it sent to a particular location to pick up. Library staff can help you do this, or you can do it yourself using our online catalog.  

No holds are allowed on reference materials or items in some special collections. The Library no longer charges for holds. You can have a maximum of 15 holds at any one time.

If the book you wish to borrow is not owned by the Oakland Public Library, you may still be able to place a hold using LINK+.  You can find instructions for using LINK+ here.  If you wish to borrow a book that is not available at the Oakland Public Library or through LINK+, you may place an interlibrary loan request for a $2.00 fee.  The Library will then try to borrow the book from another library system.  Information about interlibrary loan can be found here.

Please note: Even if a requested item shows as "available" at the desired pick-up location, any hold request placed online may take at least 3-5 days to be filled and sent to the designated pick-up location. If you need an item immediately that is listed as "in," please call the branch that owns the item and make arrangements for pick-up with branch staff.

To place holds online:

  • Sign in to your account here
  • Search the catalog by using the search box that you see on the screen or by clicking the "Catalog Home" button
  • Once you find the item, click the "Request" button. If there is no Request button visible, you are looking at an item that cannot be placed on hold
  • Choose the location where you would like to pick the item up from the top drop-down menu
  • Click submit

If the item status is "Check Shelf," it will be sent to your pickup location and will normally be available within a week.

If all copies are checked out or the item is still on order, you will be placed on a hold list.

You will be notified by e-mail or phone when the item is ready to be picked up.

If you have trouble placing holds, call your local Oakland Public Library location for help.  For a list of Oakland Public Library locations and hours, click here.