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Library Research Guides


Guide to using Mirlyn, the University of Michigan Library Catalog.

About 'Get This'

The Get This option provides the following services:

On-campus library delivery: to get items that can be checked out from campus library buildings shipped to a campus library more convenient to you. This includes requests for items sent from remote and offsite storage areas (e.g. Buhr).

Holds: to place a hold on an item currently checked out, in the processing workflow, or on order so that you can be the next person to check out the item.

Document delivery: Have small portions of local items scanned (such as book chapters or journal articles from print sources). This service is free.

Note: It's also possible to request items from the Special Collections Research Center. Look for the Request This button under the Holdings tab, or follow the link to the online finding aid, if there is one. The items you request will be pulled and held for you to view in the Special Collections Research Center.

Using 'Get This'

Follow these steps to use Get This:

  1. Display the full catalog record for the item that you would like to request by clicking on the title of the item.
  2. From the full record, look for the gray Get This button in the item's Holdings tab.
  3. Click on that Get This button. On the next page, choose your pick-up location (the library at which you want to check out this item), and click on the orange Get me this item button.

You will receive an email message when the item is ready for check out at your selected library.

Please note: this service is not available for Bentley Historical or Clements libraries.

'Get This' FAQ

I can’t find my book on the shelf even though the Mirlyn record says it is on the shelf. How can I ask someone to find it for me?
Place a request to pick the item up at a library of your choice. You may place the Get This request in Mirlyn or you may make the request in person at a library circulation services desk. We will perform the search for you and notify you of the results.

What does ‘recalling a book’ mean?
You can submit a "recall" on an item that is currently checked out.The person that has the item is notified that another person needs that item, and the due date of the item is changed. (The new due date is calculated based on how long they have already had the book checked out, and in most circumstances will be earlier than its original due date.) When the item has been returned and is available for pick up at your selected library, you will be notified by email.

Where can I read about library loan and renewal policies?
See different libraries’ circulation policies

How will I receive my material?
Receipt of your item depends on the service you select:

  • If you request it for pickup, place a hold on it, or recall a checked-out item, the item is delivered to the campus library of your choice.
  • If you request a copy from another U.S. library (interlibrary loan or ILL), items can be delivered to a departmental mailbox* or to any ILL pickup location (unless there are restrictions placed on the material by the owning institution).
  • If you request a book for departmental office delivery, items can be delivered to a departmental mailbox*, but by default your delivery preference is set to Hatcher Graduate Library. You can change your document delivery preference by contacting the Interlibrary Loan office. Verify or change your 7FAST and ILL delivery location.
  • If you request a book chapter scan, your scan will be delivered electronically. You will receive an email containing a link to your ILLiad account when a PDF is available.

*Please note: Departmental mailbox delivery is only available to Ann Arbor faculty, staff and graduate students.

For more details about interlibrary loan services, please see the information on the Interlibrary Loan web page.