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Circulation Services: Borrow

Levy Library Hours

Book Pick Up Services

Students, faculty, and staff can now request and place a hold on print books in advance, and pick them up from the Levy Library. All you need to do is Log into your Research Discovery Account and search for the book you want. If it’s available to loan, you can click on the Request link and Place a Hold. We’ll send you an email when your book is ready, and you can stop by the Levy Library to pick it up during our operating hours.

Requests placed by 9pm, will generally be available to pick up after 10am the next business day. Requests made on Fridays after 12pm will be processed the following Monday. Please wait for a confirmation email before coming to the library!


How can you make a request?

Log into your Research Discovery Library account, then search for the book you want. If it is available, you can click on the ‘Request’ link to place a hold. Check out these instructions for more details. (


What Can You Request?


Picking Up Your Books

When you have received an email confirming that your book(s) is ready to be picked up, stop by the Levy Library front desk during operating hours and show your ID and we'll grab the book for you. 


Circulation Policies

  • Circulating and Special Topics Collection – 90 day loan; 1 automated renewal unless the item has been placed on hold by another patron or item has been recalled by the library.
  • Reserve Collection – 24 hours loan
  • Technology Equipment  – 8 hour loan

Failure to return materials on time, may result in removal of circulating privileges - so please return your item(s) on time so other members of the community will be able to access the resource.

To learn more about holds, please visit:

Library Cards

The Levy Library no longer issues library cards or barcodes. All incoming students, faculty, staff and employees have a Research Discovery Library account that is used to check out items from the library. A valid Mount Sinai ID must be presented to verify the account in order to check out items. 

You can log into your Research Discovery Library Account to place holds and renew items, save catalog search, create favorite lists and more. 

If you do not have a Research Discovery account yet, you can fill out the following form and the Library team can look up or create an account.


NOTE: Mount Sinai students, faculty,  and staff do not need a Research Discovery Account to access and view full-text resources, but you can sign up for an account to gain access to personalized features.

Returning Borrowed Materials

Please return borrowed items to the Circulation Desk when Circulation Services are available.

When Circulation Services are unavailable, materials that are not on reserve may be deposited into the Levy Library book drop or book return box. A book drop is built into the right side of the Service Desk counter, and a Book Return box is located in the elevator lobby of ANBG 11.