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WorldCat: Discover Information at the MJC Library

Learn to use the library's discovery tool to search for books, videos, magazines, and reserve items at MJC and around the world.

Request Items Owned by MJC

Do you want a book or movie that is currently checked out? You can request it in WorldCat and you will be notified via email as soon as it is available.

Or have you found an item in the catalog you want, but you can't get to the library right away to pick it up? Request it in WorldCat and we'll hold it at the branch of your choice for up to a week.

To Request an Item:

  1. If you can wait until the due date, click the item title. Of course, the item may be returned before the due date.
    Book record showing due date
  2. Click the Place hold button.
    location of place hold button in record
  3. You will be prompted for your Library Account ID and password. Be sure to use your w# (without the w) as your ID. The password will be what you set when you created your library account. (Don't have an account yet? Click the Sign In To WorldCat tab for instructions.)

    request 2
  4. Choose your Pickup location. Click Set hold schedule; enter Start hold and End hold dates. Click Submit.
    set pickup location and hold schedule
  5. Your request has been placed. As soon as the item is ready for you at your chosen location, you will receive an email. If you are logged in to your library account, you will see the status of your request on the Holds tab.
    place hold confirmation window

Request Items Owned by Columbia College

Sometimes the MJC Library will not own an item you want, but Columbia College in Sonora, the second college in Yosemite Community College District, will. You can use WorldCat to request the item from Columbia. A truck delivers materials between MJC and Columbia most weekdays, so you will usually have the item within a couple of days. There is no cost to you for this service.

To Request an Item:

  1. Locate the item in WorldCat. Click the title. When you see that Columbia owns it, click the Place hold button. Follow the same steps as for requesting items from the MJC Library (above).

    Book owned by Columbia College
  2. If the item is located in the reference, reserve, or special collection, we may not be able to borrow it. Check with the librarian on duty or staff at the checkout desk for options.

Request Items Owned by Another Library (Interlibrary Loan)

Sometimes neither the MJC Library nor Columbia will own an item you want. If it is not required for a course, you can request it from another WorldCat library. Physical materials that need to be mailed may take a week or two to arrive, but something like a journal article can be emailed and is often located and sent within a couple of days. There is usually no cost to you for this Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

To Request an Item:

  1. Locate the item in WorldCat. Click the title. When you see that a library outside YCCD owns it (Libraries Worldwide), click the Request Item button.
    Book owned by libraries outside YCCD
  2. You will need to complete this Interlibrary Loan (ILL) form. Be sure to provide information in all fields with an asterisk. Click Submit.
    Interlibrary loan form
  3. If you decide you no longer need this item, please let us know so the libraries don't go to the time and expense of mailing it to you. In WorldCat, select Sign In in the top right corner and you can cancel the hold yourself. (Didn't set up your account yet? Click the Sign in to WorldCat tab for instructions.) You can also contact us at 209-575-6228.
  4. When your requested item is ready for pickup, you will receive an email. Check your student email regularly so you don't miss library notifications. We can only hold the item for one week before sending it back to the lending library.