"Jenn, that is a good way to look at the non return of items in that perhaps something helpful to someone will come of it and I hope that happens. Of course there are other ramifications too. While this patron is holding on to a title and not…"
"Patrons not returning borrowed materials is a problem in libraries of all sizes. We are fully automated and staffed. When people check out materials we have names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. etc . and if they don't want or care…"
"We had a cart built on wheels that looks like a tree with limbs and leaves. We take it to the children's area of the church loaded with books that would appeal to them that they or their parents can check out. We have a sign hanging from one of…"
"We do have Right Now Media available at our church but it was started outside the library ministry so we don't deal with it. It is mainly Bible study and Christian life video presentations on a wide range of topics. They also have a big…"
"We have a lot of problems with patrons who take materials out and will not bring them back. We mail out overdue notices, call on the phone, send emails, etc. all to no avail on some. We do charge overdue fines but many never pay. We don't…"
"I agree that the key is to formulate a book selection policy that fits your library but even with this policy in place you will constantly find possible exceptions and problems. I have a whole shelf full of books that I have received complaints on…"
"I like your idea of separating books by areas such as missionary biographies, Biblical biographies, etc. You could add a lot of other areas too depending on the type of books in your collection. We could, for instance, add American history…"
"Sounds like some exciting times coming for you library. What we do may not fit your library but here we go.
1, We have a locked door for the library when we are not here. Unfortunately things disappear and never show up again.
2. Sunlight and…"
"We also have many people who check out items and refuse to return them. After the items are a week overdue we mail a notice. We wait a week and mail another notice. We wait another week and mail a third notice. We wait a week and then call them and…"