Library How-To is a regular feature that describes services the University of Manitoba Libraries offers.
What are holds?
Holds are requests for any physical library item, that will be set aside for you to be picked up from the library’s holds shelf and makes it easier for you to borrow the item. This includes items from different libraries from where you want to pick the item up.
Why use holds?
You can use a hold to request an item from another library to be picked up at a different location, to have the item brought off the shelf in the main collection to be picked up at the front desk, or to request an item that is checked out by another user.
How to make a hold?
Find your item in the library catalogue by going to http://umanitoba.ca/libraries and using the One Stop Search. Once you find your item, click on the “Availability” tab. Click on the “Request” hyperlink and select the library where you want to pick up your item. Ensure you are signed in to your library account.
How do you pick up your requested item?
Visit the front desk of the NJM Health Sciences Library (if that’s the library you selected!) to pick up your item. Library staff will retrieve your item from the holds shelf.
How does your library item get to the holds shelf?
If your item is on the shelf in the main collection, library staff print off a list of requested items once a day, pick the items up from the main collection, and bring them down to the holds shelf. Once the item is on the holds shelf, you will receive an email notification.
If your item is already checked out by another user, you will need to wait until that user brings the item back (this is called a recalled item). When the item is returned, library staff will put the item on the holds shelf for you and you will be notified by email.
What if your item is recalled?
At any time, an item you have checked out can be recalled by another user. If this happens, you will receive an email notification and have seven days to bring the item back before late fines are charged ($3 per day, to a maximum of $50).
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Thanks to the University of Alberta Libraries and their feature Library Hacks which was used as inspiration.