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Getting to know the catalog: Holds and checkouts

The catalog lets you view and manage your account activity, including holds and checkouts. To access these options, you can start with the blue button at the top right of the site – it should say Log In / My DCoL if you’re not logged in yet, or your username if you are. When you click that button, a menu of common account tasks will come up. Look under “My Borrowing” for the “Checked Out” and “On Hold” links:

Blue button labeled with the current username, expanded to show an account menu underneath


Placing a hold

Whether the book you want is available right now or has a waitlist, placing a hold lets you request it for checkout whenever it’s ready.

To place a hold, first find the item you want by searching or browsing. For most items, you’ll see a green button to the right. Find the format you want, then click the green button to place your hold (click the image for a larger view):

Hold buttons for a variety of formats of the same title

The For Later button is separate from the hold system – it places the item on your For Later shelf, which is a tool the catalog offers to let you track your own reading if that’s useful to you. The For Later shelf is completely optional to use, and clicking For Later does not request an item. Only placing a hold actually requests the item for checkout.

In a few cases, you might not see a hold button. That means the item is provided through a service that doesn’t use holds, like Hoopla.

Viewing and managing your holds

You can see all your current holds here: https://durhamcounty.bibliocommons.com/v2/holds. From the account menu, look for My Borrowing > On Hold. The holds list includes both digital and physical items in the same place. Your can sort the list by hold status, your place in line, hold expiration date, or other criteria.

For each of your holds in the list, you’ll see the current status (Not Ready, In Transit, or Ready) and a button to cancel the hold. Up until the hold is ready, you’ll also see a button to pause it – that lets you delay checking out the item without losing your place in line. For physical items, you’ll also see your pickup location and the expiration date for the hold.

Holds on a print book and an ebook, with info about the status of the hold and options to pause or cancel

When one of your holds is ready, it will show a Ready status indicator. It will also show the date by which you need to pick it up:

Print item with hold in Ready status, showing pickup location and date to pick up by

For an ebook that’s ready, you’ll see a new option to check the book out. After you click the button and follow the prompts, the book will show up on your Checked Out list to download.

Ebook ready for checkout


You can see a list of everything you have checked out here: https://durhamcounty.bibliocommons.com/v2/checkedout. From the account menu, look for My Borrowing > Checked Out. As with holds, the checkouts list includes digital and physical items in the same place. Your items will show up sorted by due date.

Each item in the list will show a due date and a count of how many times you’ve renewed it so far. If it’s renewable, there will be a button to let you do that. An item may not be renewable if there’s a waitlist or if you’ve already renewed it 5 times. You may also see a note about people waiting. That’s based on the total number of holds on the title and doesn’t account for how many copies we own – as long as the Renew button appears, you can go ahead and renew your item guilt-free.

Checked-out book with option to renew

For ebooks, you’ll see the due date, along with the option to access the book or return it early.

Ebook with the option to access the book or return it early

More about the catalog

Getting started

Borrowing history

Setting a preferred location

Shelves and lists


The DCo Library app