Holds and Recalls


Eligible patrons (i.e., MSU faculty, staff, and students) can place Holds on books that are available (items whose location is 'Stacks') and books currently checked out to other patrons (items whose status is 'Material has been checked/charged out') at the Circulation Desk or online. To place Holds online, you must first perform a search in the Sprague Library Catalog. At the 'Search Results' list display, click on the 'Full Details' button to the left of the items you want to place a Hold on. Then, click on the 'Continue' button and select the 'Hold' button that displays to the right of the 'Full View from Catalog' display. Enter your user ID number (i.e., the barcode on your MSU ID card), or alternate ID number (i.e., employee or student ID number) and your PIN number. Afterwards, click on the 'Place Hold' button, then on the 'Continue' button. The system will advise you that a Hold has been placed on the desired material. Click on the 'OK' button to end. Patrons will be notified when desired items are available for their use. Items on Hold will be kept at the Circulation Desk until claimed for ten (10) days, after which they will be returned to the collection.

Patrons can also cancel Holds online by selecting the 'My Library Card' link on the Sprague Library Catalog Web page. Proceed by highlighting the 'Review My Account' button. At the 'Review My Account' screen, enter your user ID (i.e., the barcode number on your MSU ID card), or alternate ID number (i.e., employee or student ID number), and your PIN number. Then, click on the 'Display User Information' and 'Continue' buttons respectively. Mark the Holds you want to cancel in the check box that displays to the left of the title you no longer want and click on the 'Cancel Selected Holds' and 'Continue' buttons respectively. The system will advise you that your Holds have been cancelled.


The Library can recall books in circulation if needed for Reserves or requested by another patron. Patrons can request that the Library recall books only at the Circulation Desk. Recalled books must be returned without delay. Failure to return books that have been recalled will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.