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Request a Search For a Returned Item

What Is A Returned Item Search?

If you have returned your library items but they are still appearing on your library account, you can submit a Returned Item Search Request to have your items located and properly checked in. To access the form, you will need to be logged in to your 49er account and know your 800#. 

What You Need To Know 

Once you fill out the form, your request is received by our Collections Maintenance department. Returned item searches are performed Monday through Friday when the library is open. Searches that are requested over the weekend will be processed Monday morning. 

After your request is processed, the Collections Maintenance Specialist will begin searching for your item and will continue to search for up to one week. While the search is in process, fines are prevented from forming on your library account. We kindly ask that you continue checking your home, office, car, or anywhere else the item could be.

You will be contacted through your UNC Charlotte email with updates regarding your request.

Items that are found: 

  • You will be notified that the search is complete.

  • The item will be scanned in and removed from your library account. You should receive the official ‘returned item’ email notification. 

  • Any overdue fines that were formed before the search process began will be waived.

Items that are not found: 

  • You will be notified that the search is complete and that your items could not be located.

  • The item will remain on your library account and the current policies for fines and refunds will apply.

Still Have Questions? 

Any questions, comments, or concerns about item requests can be emailed to:
Erika Boardman at or 

Request a Search For a Returned Item