Making books available to everyone
At this time of year books in the Library are in high demand, and we want to make sure that everyone can get access to the books they need. We try to do this by moving books into the High Demand Collection (where books have a shorter loan period than normal), by buying e books where possible, and by digitising essential book chapters. However, sometimes you’ll find that the book you want is on loan, and to be able to get it you will need to Request it in Quick Search. The requesting system is a way of trying to make sure that everyone can access the books they need. To request a book that’s out on loan, find it in Quick Search, click on the Request it button, and enter your Library account details.
Requesting books – what’s this all about?
It means that the person who has the book on loan will be asked to bring it back within 7 days rather than by the original return date. If you have a book on loan and you get an e-mail saying that it has been requested by another reader we would ask you to return it by the new due date. Most importantly, when you bring it back, if you are using the self-check machines please put it in the grey book bin and not on the blue trolley. If you don’t, the book may end up back on the shelves and will not be available for the reader who has requested it.
What is the ‘hold shelf’?
You might see on Quick Search that a book is ‘on the hold shelf’. This means that it is awaiting collection by the person who requested it.
Can I still request books that are on the hold shelf?
Yes you can. However, if a book is requested several times it will usually be moved to the High Demand Collection, where books are available for 24 or 4 hour loan and cannot be requested.