Requesting materials

Document Delivery Recalls Recall Policy
Requests Interlibrary Loan Recommend a Purchase


Document Delivery

Faculty, staff, and students may request items be pulled from the collections. We are not able to deliver materials that are non-paper formats (videocassette, CDs, etc.), in non-circulating collections, and Reserve items.

Click the "REQUEST" tab and follow instructions.

Faculty and exempt administrative staff may request items be delivered to their department office address, or to a choice of libraries on campus.

Students and non-exempt staff may request items be delivered to a choice of libraries on campus.

Articles and book chapters will be delivered electronically unless otherwise requested.

Please follow this link for more information on requesting articles and book chapters.


Any registered user may recall material that is currently checked out. ALL materials, checked out by ANY patron, are subject to recall.

You may request a recall at any Service Desk, or online though the libraries online catalog. We will notify the current user the following day that this item now has a new, earlier, due date. Once it has been returned, we will send you a Hold Pick-up Notice, letting you that the item is on the hold shelf at the Circulation Desk you choose.

Each user is entitled to keep an item for a minimum of fourteen (14) days, calculated from the original check out date, before it is eligible for recall.

This "minimum use" period may delay the return of a recalled item accordingly.

EXCEPTION: Items recalled for use by Reserve Services are due back IMMEDIATELY.

If you receive a recall notice, it will name a new due date. The item must be returned to the Circulation Desk by that date, or overdue fines will be charged. Overdue fines on recalled items are $25, per item and priviledges suspended until item is returned and fines are paid. Recalled items CANNOT be renewed.

This recall policy remains in effect throughout the year, INCLUDING INTERSESSION. To avoid overdue fines, return your books before an extended leave from campus.

Fundamental to this policy is the recognition that the Library is a shared resource that relies on a spirit of collegiality and cooperation among all of its patrons.


Any registered user may request material that is currently on order, in processing or in treatment. These materials are not currently available, but they are not checked out by another user. Any material that is requested while in processing or in treatment will be located and work expedited. The library is unable to give an exact date when an on order item will be received, but any requested items will be rush processed when received.

Recommend a Purchase

The Hesburgh Libraries welcome recommendations and urges our faculty and graduate students to assist in building a strong collection by recommending items for purchase. Your recommendation will be evaluated based upon their relevance to the mission of the Libraries, the Library's collection development policies and current budgetary constraints. We do not promise to buy every recommended title, but we will give all recommendations careful consideration.

Search PRIMO, the library’s search and discovery tool, to verify library holdings before submitting a request for purchase.
Access the Recommend a Purchase form

Borrowing from Other Institutions

Interlibrary Loan supports the instructional, research, and scholarly activities of currently employed or enrolled Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students by obtaining research material not owned by the Hesburgh Libraries.

Access the Interlibrary Loan System

Please contact the Hesburgh Library Main Service Desk, or your branch library for assistance.