Let's say that I have a collection of books, and someone requests one of them. How would that person would be called, in one word?

The only thing I have been able to come up is "pretender", but does not sound right, for some reason.

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    Requester? Suppliant?
    – Eilia
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 8:28
  • By the example, I wonder if you're reaching for patron
    – chillin
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 12:39
  • "Requester" seems fine to me.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 13:00
  • May I use two words? Would-be borrower. Commented Aug 29, 2015 at 19:57
  • Sounds more like 3 :) Commented Aug 30, 2015 at 18:20

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Yet another option would be applicant.


  1. a person who applies for or requests something; a candidate:
    an applicant for a position.


  • So far this is the one I like the most. Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 12:56

"Requester" has the meaning your looking for.

Do note though that this is a word that most native English speakers would never use as we would instead say the likes of "The person requesting the books".

However, the word is easy for English speakers to understand and if you want a variable in your code to refer to such a person then "Requester" is the word to use in my opinion.


I prefer Baz's requester, but if you don't feel comfortable with that, perhaps you can use solicitor, petitioner or supplicant


Begging is a form of request, practiced by a beggar.

  • Sounds a little demeaning, but I guess you are right. Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 12:56

A requisitor makes a requisiton, or a formal request.

from Wiki

related: inquisitor, interrogator


People go to public libraries and ask for books: aren't they borrowers?
Perhaps I've been reading too many history books. They used to be called lending libraries, in the dim past.

Borrower as in

Borrower's card (free dictionary) Noun
1. borrower's card - a card certifying the bearer's right to use the library.
library card

  • I didn't mean in the sense that the book will be given back. Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 13:31
  • Accent borrower with heavy irony then. And quote Polonius: " Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft ..."
    – Hugh
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 13:32

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