Monday, December 22, 2014

Hold your Holds for the Holidays!

Hold that hold for your holidays...
The holidays are upon us! The holidays are always a busy time of year - have you thought about managing your library holds while you are away? You don't want to miss your turn with Gone Girl or The Burning Room by Michael ConnellyYou may want to consider "suspending" your holds until you return or have more time to pick  them up. 

To check your requests and manage your holds, you need to log into your account. To do that, click on "My Account" in the top right corner of any library webpage or "Log In" on the catalogue site. You will need to enter your library card (or username) and your PIN. Your PIN is generally the last 4 digits of your phone number. Once logged in, go to "My SPL" and click on Holds to view a list of your requests.

To Suspend a Hold:
  1. To change the status of a request, click in the checkbox next to each title, and then click the Suspend button. 
  2. A calendar will appear where you can select the reactivation date.
  3. Cancelled and suspended holds are each shown on separate pages. You can reactivate suspended holds at anytime from the Suspended page.
While in the catalogue, you might also want to ensure the items you have out are renewed to prevent any annoying late fees.
Did you know that you can be notified about your holds by email?  And more recently, you can receive pre-overdue notices to ensure that your items are returned on time. To set up these services call the library at 519-271-0220 or ask the next time you are in.  

in downloadlIbrary you may also want to turn off auto checkout. Go to your Account and select Holds. Beside Auto checkout there is an [Edit] option to turn it on or off. If you do not want your holds automatically checked out to you over the holidays select Off.
Have a wonderful holiday season full of great reads!

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