Starting June 28, in an effort to reduce item delivery cost, the Kent District Library, along with other Lakeland Library Cooperative (LLC) members will institute a new policy regarding library holds. Based on this new policy:
1) Non-KDL cardholders (i.e. GRPL, Sparta, Cedar Springs and other LLC libraries) will no longer be able to place holds on non-print items (i.e. DVDs and CDs) owned by KDL, and KDL patrons will no longer be able to place holds on LLC non-print items. KDL cardholders will still be able to place holds on KDL AV items.
2) New books will not be available for holds by non-KDL cardholders until six months after the book was purchased, and conversely, KDL cardholders will not be able to place holds on new books owned by other LLC libraries.
3) Holds placed after June 28, 2010 will be available for pick up only at a patron’s home library (the library catalog will no longer have a drop down menu to select pickup location.) For KDL cardholders, their home library will be the KDL branch in the area where they live. KDL cardholders may request staff to change their home library code to another KDL branch if it is more convenient for them.
While we recognize these changes may create an inconvenience for some of our library users, this decision was made in an effort to reduce the costs associated with the transportation and handling of library materials while maintaining many of the services our library users have come to rely on. Last year alone, state aid to LLC was cut by 40%, amounting to approximately $110,000 in lost revenue.
If you have any questions regarding this new policy, please contact us at 616-784-2007. You can also add your question to the “comments” section below and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Note: A follow-up post has been added to the KDL Blog.