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Nancy Thayer
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Placing Holds

Placing Holds

Library patrons can place holds on items within the RAILS system via PrairieCat, a online catalog of _____ libraries, from home, over the phone, or at the Library.  Patrons can place a maximum of twenty holds per library card (this rule doesn't apply to teachers). Depending on when the hold is placed, it takes, on average, two or three days to receive.  If it is a new title, wait time could be longer.  Staff will notify you either via phone or email when it is ready to be picked up. You will have seven days to pick up material or it will be sent back to its home library. 

To place a hold in PrairieCat, search for the title, when you have selected your title, click the Request It on the item record.  Enter your library card number, which can be found on the back of the card, and PIN number, which is the last 4 digits of the card number and choose where you would like to pick up the item. Click Submit and you're done!

Please note that if you place holds at the library, it will save your card number. To prevent other patrons from using your card, please log-out of PrairieCat when you are finished.  If you need help, staff members can assist you.