Receiving a book
Books generally come by mail, except in larger systems where there may be a courier service. After unpacking (save the box or padded envelope for the return!), look up the book in the request file and mark it received. Note the due date set by the lending library and determine the date by which the patron will need to return it to the borrowing library. (Allow enough time before the due date for it to travel back through the mail.)
Next prepare a paper sleeve for the book’s front cover. On this sleeve, write the patron’s name, the date the book is due back at your library, allowing for mailing time, and contact information for the ILL department.
If the library has an online catalog, a temporary checkout record can be made there. (This is useful both for tracking due dates and for statistics.) It may also be necessary to desensitize the book so that it can go through the library’s security system.
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