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How do I request a book from another library through Link+?


Link+ is a consortium of about 50 libraries that have agreed to loan books to each other. You can usually receive a book from a Link+ library within about a week (Monday through Friday).
  • Start by checking that we do not own the book at LMU by searching for the title
  • If we do not have it, click on the Link+ button, which should be to the right of your search. 
  • If no results were found, look for the Link+ button on the Advanced Search page.

Link+ logo

Once you click on the Link+ button, you can search in the Link+ catalog. If you searched for a title, it will usually duplicate the search in Link+.

Link+ results page

Sometimes, libraries own different versions of the same book. For example, in the image above, the second option is a large print version of the book, and the first option is probably a paperback version.

If you're not sure which version you need, you can click on the title of each and read more description about the book - sometimes, there will be a table of contents. Also, near the bottom of the page, there will be a list of all of the libraries that own this book and whether it is available at their library.

Once you have decided you want to request the book, click on the Request it button.

Link+ book record with request it button highlighted

Link+ books typically arrive within 3-4 business days (Monday - Friday). (During COVID-19, books will generally arrive in about one week, due to quarantine and logistical delays. See more about revised rules during COVID-19 here.) There are some exceptions for holidays, which are generally posted on the Link+ site, as some universities and public libraries may close during holidays.

Once you have requested a Link+ book, you will receive an email hold pickup notice with a link to indicate whether you'd like to pick up the book on campus (no campus access required, you will be sent a signup for short term access) or have the book mailed to you. Mailing must be approved by the lending library, and may not be possible based on their requirements. Checkout will be for three weeks, with one three week renewal.

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