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If the book you want is not on the shelf...

The book may need to be re-shelved.

Check the shelving distribution room on Sub-2. The room is always open; we encourage you to check it to see if a missing book is there. If you find what you need, you may remove it from the room.

The book may need to be searched.

If the book is not on the shelves or in the shelving distribution room,  you may request that library staff search for the missing book. daily Monday through Friday; a request submitted by 11am that day.

To request a search, use the Request feature in the Catalog PDF Document opens in new window to have it searched.  To learn the results of the search, ask at the Circulation Desk after 5pm.

If the Lexcalibur status column indicates the book is "missing," the book has once been searched and not found. It is worthwhile check the shelves to see if the book is now there. If not, ask at the Reference Desk to see if there is another way to obtain the material.


Distribution Room

Room S-219 is the shelving distribution room. Shelving is done from this room, which is always open; we encourage you to check if you don't find a book on the shelves. If you find what you need, you may remove it from S-219 to use it.

If the book you want is checked out...

A due date in the Catalog record indicates a book is checked-out to an office or carrel. In that instance, you may submit a request to recall the book. Recalls are done daily, Monday through Friday. Recalls submitted by 11 a.m. on a weekday will be ready by 5 p.m. of the same day.

If an item is checked out, use the Request feature in the Catalog to request a recall.  If you have an office or carrel, the retrieved book will be checked out and delivered to you there.  Otherwise, it will be on the holdshelf at the Circulation Desk.  If you need the book the same day, take the Catalog printout (if available) to the Circulation Desk on S-2 and request that the book be recalled.  Staff may be able to get it for you on the same day; sometimes it will not be possible.

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If the book you want is in process...

If the Catalog status information indicates a book is “in process,” you may submit an in-process pull at the Circulation Desk on Sub-2. In-process pulls are done daily, Monday through Friday. In-process pull requests submitted by 11 a.m. on a weekday will be ready by 5 p.m. of the next day unless a rush is indicated.

You may also use the Request feature in the Catalog to submit an in-process pull.

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On Search, On Holdshelf, Missing...

The Status column of a catalog record may have many messages. To learn more about where your book might be if it has these messages, check out this handout: How to Read Catalog Records PDF Document opens in new window.

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