Circ Manual

14. In-house Use Only

In-house Only items may only be used within the library for reasons set by the lending libraries. The item MUST be stored in the Circulation department until the borrowing time has expired. Follow the below procedure to insure that these materials are kept safely yet available for the borrower to use freely:

  • scan the patron’s barcode
  • a ‘pop-up’ message should indicate the person has a hold.
  • locate the item on the HOLD SHELF
  • there will be a YELLOW band on the item indicating “In House Only”
  • scan the item barcode and check the item out to the patron
  • explain that they may use the item in the building [they would have received an email explaining this but it’s important to reinforce this message]. Ask that they return it to the Circ desk when they are through with it for that time
  • ask that they not put the item in the book drop.

Be sure the patron indicates whether they wish to have the item for further use. Patrons have been greatly inconvenienced when we returned items to the lending library before they finished using them.

  • If the patron returns the item and indicates they are through with it, check it in and place it on the ILL return shelf.
  • If the patron returns the item and indicates they have further need for this item [and the due date has not passed] DO NOT CHECK IT IN but put it back on the ‘hold’ shelf.
  • If a patron indicates they have an “In House Only” hold already checked out to them, retrieve it from the hold shelf and simply pass it to them. Remind them that they can use it in the building and should return it to the Circ desk when they are through with it for that time.