Saturday, January 16, 2010

Insider’s Guide to the Library: Putting Items "On Hold"

--by Hanje Richards

If you are searching the Copper Queen Library’s online catalog and find a book, movie or audiobook that you would like to check out but which is not currently available because someone else has it checked out, you can put it "On Hold." All you need is 1) your account number (the barcode on the back of your library card); and, 2) your PIN (Personal Identification Number), which you should have received when you got your library card. (If you’ve forgotten your PIN or would like it changed to another four-digit number that’s easier to remember, we'll be happy to take care of that for you at the Circulation Desk.)

Whether you’re searching the catalog here at the library or from a remote location (home, work, school, etc.) you can put items on Hold by selecting the item’s “Details” view, then clicking the “Place Hold” link on the left-hand side of the page.

If the item belongs to the Copper Queen Library’s collection, we will contact you when the item is returned. If the item is coming to us from another library, we will contact you when the courier, UPS, FedEx, or USPS delivers it to us. In either case, we’ll need a way to contact you, so be sure your current phone number or email address is on file with us!