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As Saint Mary's students and faculty, you can request materials from Twin Cities Library and libraries nationwide. Learn more about our services below.

+ Requesting Books from Twin Cities Library

You may request Twin Cities Library items by placing a hold. As soon as the item is available, you will be emailed. We will keep the item on hold for you for one week. Learn how to place holds.

Recalling Books

If you need a checked-out item immediately, you may request a recall by emailing When an item is recalled, the item is given a new due date that the current borrower must honor. Overdue fees are applied based on the new due date. If a book or dissertation is recalled, the original borrower's loan period will be no less than 30 days.

+ Requesting Books from Other Libraries

If we do not own what you need, you can request it, and we will order it from another library immediately. This service is called interlibrary loan.

Arrival Time and Delivery

Articles are emailed to your Saint Mary's Gmail account within 1-2 business days on average. Books and DVDs arrive within 1-4 business days on average, and we will email you as soon as they arrive. Learn how to request an item.

Students are responsible for monitoring their Gmail accounts for interlibrary loan articles.


Due Dates

Lending libraries establish due dates for interlibrary loan materials. You can extend due dates by renewing items.


Your requested items are delivered free-of-charge except when:

  • out-of-state lending libraries charge fees
  • you request three or more articles from the same journal

If there are any fees, we will get your permission before processing the request.


See our overdue policies for details.

+ Picking Up Books at Other Libraries

If you need an item immediately and Twin Cities Library does not own it, you can pick it up directly at an affiliated library. Learn more about finding books from other libraries.

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