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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why would I want a "suspended" hold (part II)...??

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself."

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Dear Circ,

I'm traveling this summer, the whole summer long, actually multiple trips, some short, some long. I'm so excited, I just love to travel!! BUT I have holds on my account, books I'm waiting for. I have a couple of authors from the 100 Best Sellers program, and the summer book season is cranking up, and I've got a couple of books from brand new authors, and then there are some very popular non-fiction books that I'm interested in, history, biography, science, you name it. Between my schedule and my hold list, it seems pretty complicated. Is there a best way to handle my holds so I don't lose track of anything? I really do want to read these books, if not this summer, when things settle down in the fall!

Amelia A. Viator

Dear Amelia,

We're really glad you're excited about books coming in for you. There are a couple of options for you and the results of your choice will not all be identical. The first thing you have to do is log in to your account and view your hold list.

If you just want to keep track of your holds, but not actually receive any items until the fall, you have two options. The first options is to make a list. For each item on your list of holds, click on the title, and then click on the "Add To List" button. When you've done that for every item on your hold list you'll have made a list that contains all your holds. This can be a lot of work if you have a lot of holds, but it will keep track of all your holds.

Another option is to suspend all your holds. If you look to the right of the Sort box, you'll see some options that are gray, and a small box. If you check the small box by clicking on it, you will select all the holds on your list. The options will now be blue and you can now choose any of the options by clicking on them. "Cancel Hold" will cancel all your listed holds. That is not the option you want! "Suspend Until" will allow you to suspend all your holds until one date. "Re-activate" allows you to remove the suspension from any suspended holds. If you have no suspended holds, this choice does nothing. The master "Suspend Until" is probably your best choice. If you pick a date beyond your expected final return, your hold list will just sit there until you've returned, and have time to review your list. You then have the option of checking to see what's available, deciding what you want to read first, and re-activating suspended holds one by one. If the items you re-activate are available, we'll retrieve them from wherever they are shelved, and call you when they're ready for you to pick up. You could even re-activate your suspended holds all at once. If you have a lot of holds, re-activating all your holds may not be your best choice. You could end up with a lot of items waiting for you and need help getting them home!


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