How to place holds on Koha

How to place holds using the online catalogue

It’s easy to request or “place holds” online! Here are the 4 basic steps:

First of all, if you don’t have a username and password for your library account, or you’ve forgotten it, get in touch! You can call us at (519)364-1420 or e-mail

Once you’re set up with a username and password, visit the library’s website:

Step 1: Find Koha

On the left side of the page, you will see a light blue square with the word “koha” on it. Click on that.

screen shot how to place holds first step

Step 2: Log in to your account

On the right hand side of the screen is a place for you to sign into your account. Enter your username and password and click log in.

Log in to your account screen shot how to place holds log in screen

Step 3: Find items to place on hold

Now you can see what is available and place holds on items you would like to borrow. You can search by title, author, or subject.

Browse the quick links

If you want to see what is new in the library collection, click on Home then scroll down to the listing of links to new titles and popular quick links.

screen shot how to place holds quick links screen

Or use the search bar

Or use the search bar to search for a specific item. We will search for Summer Island by Kirstin Hannah.

screen shot how to place holds. simple search bar

Click on the title to read more about the item or simply click on “Place hold”.

how to place holds screen shot results summer island

Step 4: Place the hold

Click on “Place hold” to put the desired title on hold.

how to place holds page screen shot  detail page summer island

Click on “Confirm hold”

how to place holds. screen shot confirm hold screen.

You will now see the confirmation page.

how to place holds. screen shot summary screen.

You will receive an phone call or e-mail when the item is ready for you to pick up.

Changing your password

If you are signing into your account for the first time you should change your password. You should change your password to something only you know. Scroll down your account page until you see the link “Change my password”, and click on that.

how to place holds.screen shot change your password screen.

Ready to place your holds? Choose a selection below!