OUTLINE OF BASIC LIBRARY PROCEDURES
Basic library procedures are presented in
this appendix under the general headings
of Charging Books, Receiving Books,
Shelving and Filing, Locating Books,
New Materials, Reserving
Books, and Interlibrary Loans. From time
to time, you may want to refer to this outline. In
fact, you may find this list of basic steps handy
during the entire time that you serve in the
1. Make sure the book to be charged out is a
circulating book. All books in the fiction,
nonfiction, and paperback sections may be
circulated. Those in the reference section may
2. Compare the author, title, and copy
number on the book card and the book-card
pocket to be sure the right card is in the
3. Have the borrower fill out the book card,
if he has not already done so.
4. Be sure that the book card entries
are complete and readable, and include the
borrowers name, social security number, and
5. Stamp the due date in the space to the left
of the borrowers name on the book card and in
the first empty space on the book-card pocket.
6. File the book card in alphabetical order,
according to the authors last name, in back of
the proper due-date tab in the circulation file.
Check the due date and authors name on
the book-card pocket.
Look for the matching book card in the
circulation file behind the tab with the
same due date.
Stamp the return date in the space with
the borrowers name on the book card.
Return the book card to the book-card
If there was a paper clip on the book card
in the circulation file (to indicate a book
remove the reserve card from the
Reserve section of the circulation
notify the requester that he may now
pick up the book;
enter the notification date on the
insert the reserve card in the book;
set the book aside on the reserve
Check the book for wear or damage.
Repair minor damage, or set the book
aside for the librarians attention if
damage is major.
If the book is in good condition, shelve it.