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Holds Pickup at HPL: Library Catalog / Place a Hold

Search our Catalog

  • Search our catalog for books, DVDs, and more.
  • See which branches have the item, and whether it is currently available.
  • Place holds on items (log in required).

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  • See what you have checked out and when it's due
  • Submit a renewal request
  • Request new items for purchase or inter-library loan

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How to Place a Hold

Search for an item in our catalog / Place a Hold

1. Go to our Online Catalog

2. Enter your search terms into the empty field at the top of the page. You can limit your search by using the drop down menus



3. After your results display, you can limit them even further by using the options on the left side bar. After checking the box next your selection, click “Include.”




4. Click “Place Hold” for the item you want. You will be asked to enter your library card barcode (14 digit number on the back of your library card) and your PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your card number unless you have changed it.)

5. Select the location where you would like to pick up your item, and click Place Hold(s).

Once your item has been pulled and is ready for pick up, you will be notified (by email or text). 
Your item will be held at our Main Desk for 7 days.

If you would like to pick up your items the same day, call the library to make the request. 


Questions? Call us at 860-695-6300 or email


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Hartford Public Library 

Central Branch:  500 Main Street. Hartford, CT 06103 
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