Holds & Set-Asides

Where do I pick up my items?

Patrons may pick-up their own holds from an area immediately west (right) of the Circulation Desk. Items will remain on the hold shelf for 7 days, after which they are returned to the owning library. Unfortunately, the seven days cannot be extended.

You will need the Library card that was used to place the hold in order to check out the item(s). You can also enter all the library cards in your household into the APL app on your mobile device and never worry about whether you have the right card to pick up the right hold.

For privacy, holds are filed in alphabetical order by a code comprised as follows

  • the first two letters of your first name
  • the first two letters of your last name
  • the last four digits of your Library card number

John Doe, 29876 12345 6789 (library card #) = JODO6789

Why is there a limit of 25 holds?

There are thousands of holds placed in the catalog each day and limited staff to find and process the holds. Pulling thousands of items off the shelf is a great service but very labor intensive, and we had to create limits.


If you notice that an item is available at Appleton Public Library, rather than placing a hold please call us for a set-aside: we will go to the shelf immediately to check for the item which will then be set-aside for you on the hold shelf for a total of 7 days.

  • For non-fiction books: 920-832-6173 (Reference Desk, 2nd floor)
  • For fiction, large print, videos, cds, magazines, or Young Adult titles: 920-832-6177 (Info Desk, main floor)
  • For Children's items: 920-832-6187