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Guide for Law Journal Students

Hold Shelf

When you request items using the library catalog "Request UW Item", "Request Summit Item", or fill out the ILL form, your items will be placed on the hold shelf which is located in the small bookcase that leads to the natural light tables on L1. 

How long do books take to arrive after being requested? Approximate times:

  • Law Library items: by the next open morning
  • UW Libraries items: 1-4 days
  • Summit items: 5-7 days
  • Interlibrary Loan: 2-3 weeks

Hold shelf items expire: Most items generally stay on the hold shelf for two weeks, after which your hold will expire and the item will be released back out into the wild for other borrowers to request.

Email notification: You will receive an email when the item arrives at the desk.

Check out your items: Please bring your hold items to the Information Desk where you can use our self-checkout machines to check out the items to yourself. Staff at the desk can also check out the items for you.