Today’s Tuesday Tip brings you a small tweak to a feature we’ve had for a while. You’ve always been able to place holds on items that are checked out. A hold means you’re in line for the book — or movie, or CD, or magazine — and when it’s returned, it goes to the first person on the holds list.
Now, you can place holds on any physical item in our collection! Even if it’s sitting on the shelf, you can place a hold on it. We pull these holds from the shelf for you, and give you a call when it’s ready to be picked up. So, if it’s 11pm at night and you really want to read that certain book but the library’s closed, you can visit our online catalog (http://hctp.ent.sirsi.net) and place a hold on the item. We check the list of holds first thing every morning, so we’ll pull the book off the shelf at 9am for you and give you a call. You can then pick it up at your convenience.
Patrons in the library itself get priority, however, so if they get to the book before we get a chance to pull it, they can check it out. But you’ll be the first person on the list once it returns, and it’ll be reserved for you when they bring it back.