Hi all, Emily C here with just a quick update about our bookdrop. From this point on you can return items from other CLAMS libraries to us! Thanks for putting up with the couple months where we could really only accept Brooks items. We’re happy to be taking all returns again.
Before I turn you loose there are a couple of housekeeping things I need to mention:
- Putting DVDs and CDs in the drop is okay! Don’t worry about them getting squished,
- Returned items are put into quarantine for 72 hours. They will not come off your account before then, so you will still get email notices saying “your item is due soon”. We can’t turn this function off since it’s tied to automatic renewals, and you can’t have one without the other. Sorry! Please disregard “due soon” notices for things you’ve already returned, and also, please, don’t reply to those automated emails telling us you returned the item unless it’s been over a week! This helps cut down on the massive amount of emails we receive which is a huge help to our staff. Rest assured that your items WILL come off your account, it’s just going to take a few extra days. We’ll waive any fines during check-in, so ignore those too!
- Finally, please, please, please, we’re begging you, do not put donations in the bookdrop. We know it’s tempting, and we appreciate that you’re thinking of us. But to be 100% honest with you? Any donations we receive right now are being recycled. We aren’t adding them to the collection or to the bookstore. We have no space to put them, so we’re piling them with the discards being kept downstairs in the hopes that one day we will be able to move them in tiny increments off to recycling. Please, PLEASE don’t use us as your book dumpsite. We simply can’t accept anything right now or for the foreseeable future. We need every inch of space we can get for library items and our staff. Giving us donations is only adding to the strain on our staff and we would really appreciate it if you could help us out in this small way! If you are looking for something to do with old books there are a bunch of upcycled book craft tutorials we’d be happy to share with you. We’d also suggest doing what we do– recycle your books! Recycling books is the best way to ensure that they become new books. Trust me, I’m a librarian, I know things.
Thanks for understanding, guys, and for reading this absolute wall of text! If you have any questions we’re in the building Monday-Friday to answer calls that come in between 10 AM and 4 PM. See you later!