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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. Just ask at the Circulation desk. Staff can place Get It! requests on your behalf.

We will

  • Retrieve materials from the stacks for you,
  • Request items from other U of M campus libraries

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

You'll be emailed when it is ready for pickup the Circulation desk.

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 a 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 Portal. ELM 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.