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Book Retrieval


If the item you want is available: It will be pulled within 48 hours. (Anything requested after 2 p.m. on a Friday may not be processed until Monday or Tuesday.)

If you choose the delivery option: You will be contacted via email within 48 hours, once the item has been pulled, to schedule a delivery.

Contact for any questions regarding book retrieval.

Note: Book chapters and journal articles are not available through book retrieval at this time.

I need ____. Do we own it?


If we don't own a book at any of TU's libraries, you can ask us to borrow it from another library by using Interlibrary Loan. We do not borrow current textbooks

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Tips for using Book Retrieval

To request a book you will need:

  • Your TU ID number
  • The title of the book
  • The author of the book
  • The call number

Book retrieval can only be used for books at McFarlin Library.

  • Books in Special Collections, at the University School or at the Law Library cannot be requested through book retrieval.
  • EBooks and electronic journals cannot be requested through book retrieval. If you need help accessing an eBook or journal article please Ask Us!
  • Book chapters and Journal articles are not available through book retrieval at this time.

How many books can I request?

  • Undergraduate students can request 5 books per month
  • Graduate students and Staff can request 10 books per month
  • Faculty members do not have a limit to the number of books they can request

I'm a law student/staff member/faculty member, can I use book retrieval too?

  • Yes, but only for books available at McFarlin Library.

If a book is available, the book will be pulled within 48 hours. (Books requested after 2 p.m. on a Friday may not be available until Monday evening.)

  • You should receive an email when your book is ready.
  • Books will be held at the checkout desk near the cafe.
  • Books will stay on hold for 1 week once they are ready.
    • If a book has not been picked up after 1 week, it will be reshelved or given to the next person that has requested it.

If a book is checked out, you can ask for a hold or a recall to be placed on the book.

  • Call 631-2871 or ask at the Library Service Desk.

Book delivery is currently offered to graduate students, staff and faculty.

  • Deliveries are only available Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Delivery is currently limited to the main TU campus.
  • We do not deliver to dorm rooms, apartments or other residences.
  • You will be contacted to schedule delivery once your book is ready.