Life Cycle of a Book (continued): Part 4 Circulation

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GCLD Staff

If you have been following this series on the “Life Cycle of a Book” you will know that we have covered materials selection, ordering, and processing and cataloging.  Circulation, or the borrowing and returning of library materials, cannot occur until all those processes have been completed.  Circulation is a huge part of what happens every day in a library, and it involves both library users and library staff.

The books, DVDs, audio books, etc. that are available on your library’s shelf can be checked out immediately.  Once you have made your choice, the barcodes are scanned at the self-check or circulation desk, a receipt is printed and you are on your way.  Loan periods can vary depending on the library and the item type.  In Grand County DVDs, magazines and music are loaned for only 1 week; all other materials are loaned for 3 weeks.  New materials may not be renewed due to popular demand.

If you find that something you want is already checked out, it can be placed on hold through our Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC).  This can be done in the library or at home via our website at  Holds are a common occurrence with new and popular items.  The OPAC will tell you how many holds already exist on an item so you can easily decide whether you want to wait. Once your hold is ready for pick up your will be notified.  Materials are re-shelved or put back into circulation if holds are not picked up within a specified number of days.

As part of the Marmot Library Western Slope Consortium and the Colorado Prospector interlibrary loan system, our Grand County Library District (GCLD) users have access to over 30 million items from all over the state.  These items can be placed on hold via our OPAC and are sent to your specified pickup location via a statewide library courier service.  If the items are on the shelf, they will usually be delivered within one week.  Loan periods for lending libraries vary and the respective due dates will be printed on the circulation receipt. 

When you return materials to a local branch or book drop, the barcode is scanned again during the check-in process by staff and your library card account is cleared. Items belonging to the return location can be shelved immediately.  Other items must be put in transit back to the owning location whether that is another GCLD branch or a library outside Grand County.  Between January and July of 2011 we checked out over 125,000 items for Grand County Library District, many sent to us by other libraries.  Make sure you take advantage of the many ways you can borrow with your GCLD library card.  Grand County Library District is bigger than you think.

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