How long do holds take?

Holds can take anywhere between a few days or a few weeks, although they generally take 1-2 weeks. Hold lengths can vary due to the popularity of an item, but we monitor this and strive to maintain no more than a 2-1 ratio of holds to copies. 

Another factor that can impact delivery time is that our items are spread between our 30 libraries. This gives each of our communities access to a greater selection of materials than any of them would have individually. But it does mean that holds sometimes take longer because they are being transferred from distant locations.

Need help placing a hold? Follow our step-by-step instructions.

How long do holds take?
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