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Request an Item - Library Guests

Request Materials

Library guests who apply for a courtesy card can request materials from the Kathryn A. Martin Library or from other University of Minnesota libraries by asking for help at the Circulation desk. Although you will not have access to the online Get It! service, staff members can place requests on your behalf.

We will

  • page materials from the stacks for you,
  • request items from other U of M campus libraries, or
  • recall items that are checked out. 

Items eligible for request include titles that regularly circulate for at least one week, such as books, bound periodicals, and music scores.

We'll email you as soon as the item is available for pickup (from the Save shelf at the Circulation desk).

Recall Checked-out Items

You may request an item that is currently checked out to another user. Items with loan periods of one week or more are eligible for recall.

We will ask the current user to return the recalled item within a week. A new due date may be applied. Recalled items not returned by the recall due date will be fined at the rate of $1 per day.

Note: Books and other materials that you check out may be recalled by other library users.

Search for Materials

Circulation desk assistants are available to help you search for materials. If the item you want is checked out or missing, we will attempt to find another copy for you within the U of M system. 

Title Not Available?

You can use MnLINK Gateway to search online catalogs of Minnesota public, school, state government, and university libraries. Search by region or group to place your requests. Then select a participating library where you have a current borrowing card. Your requests can be picked up at your library once they are received. 

The Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) is a collection of research and information databases to be used by Minnesota residents through their school, public, academic, and state government libraries or the ELM PortalELM provides online access to magazine, journal, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, eBooks (online books), and other information resources.

You can find information on a vast array of topics, including consumer information, arts and humanities, current events, health, science, social science, politics, business, and more.

Another resource available to Minnesota residents through ELM is Ebooks Minnesota. Minnesota readers can access the collection online at and via free apps from iTunes, Google Play, and Kindle. The collection contains more than 2,000 books, including titles from these Minnesota publishers:

  • University of Minnesota Press
  • ABDO
  • Lerner Publishing Group
  • Cherry Lake Publishing
  • Milkweed Press
  • Coffeehouse Press

Nonfiction titles from Arcadia Publishing about Minnesota and its history are also included in the collection, along with a selection of popular titles that are in the public domain, such as Dracula and Jane Eyre.