It would be convenient if the system could automatically pick a copy of a book available in the library corresponding to the circulation desk where the book is supposed to be held. For example, I requested a copy of a book to be held at the SGW circulation desk, and there are two copies available at Webster, but the system chose to assign me the Vanier copy. It is not very convenient, especially on weekends when there are no trucks going from Loyola to the downtown campus.
Thanks for the suggestion. As you stated, currently if a book is requested through CLUES and there are copies available at each campus library, the copy on the campus specified as pick-up location will not automatically be the one chosen by the system. It certainly would make sense for CLUES to assign copies of requested items in this way - a possible systems enhancement, though further investigation and testing would of course be necessary first. On the whole, though, the problem you describe will not occur very often: duplication of books between Webster and Vanier is quite rare, at least for newer items in the collection. Thanks again for bringing up this interesting point.
For more details about using the CLUES Request option, see our info page.
I was doing some research on genocide prevention and found an ideal book which of course, was not on the shelf, though according to CLUES, it was. However, I found an online version that it would be great if you could add onto the library site for this book, as that saved me a lot of hassle. It’s called “Intervention to Stop Genocide and Mass Atrocities: International Norms
and U.S Policy” and the link is
http://www.cfr.org/humanitarian-intervention/intervention-stop-genocide-mass-atrocities/p20379 Hope this can help someone else!
Thanks for letting us know about this. Doesn’t it feel like that is always the way? You find the perfect book, CLUES tells you ”Availability: IN LIBRARY”, but when you go to find the item on the shelf it isn’t there! It’s nice to hear that in your case the publisher is actually offering a free version of this particular book online – a link to it has been added in CLUES as per your suggestion.
For anyone faced with a similar predicament, but without the good fortune of finding a legitimate version online, here are some tips that might help:
- Ask for assistance at the Information/Reference desk. Sometimes it turns out that the book is actually there on the shelf, and that you simply misunderstood what CLUES was trying to tell you. Librarians and staff at the Desk can let you know if that is the case.
- Look up the book in CLUES and use the online Request link to initiate a search and reserve the book for yourself if found. (Just don’t use a computer workstation from within the library in which the book belongs, as the Request link will not appear there. Any other computer will work, including your laptop, phone, or a library laptop.) I used the Request link to initiate a search for the book mentioned here, and it has now been declared MISSING in CLUES. In the coming weeks and months the book will be searched again several times, and if not found, declared LOST in CLUES.
- If the book you want does turn out to be missing or lost, you can request it from another library by using our InterLibrary Loans/COLOMBO form, or you can ask for a CREPUQ card at the Circulation desk and go borrow the book in person if it is available at another local library.
Hope some of this helps!
Sur la page ”Clues Library Catalogue”, il serait bien d’avoir une page où l’on pourrait voir les livres que l’on a ”request” et ainsi pouvoir les annuler si le
Merci pour votre suggestion. En fait, en vous connectant à MyCLUES, vous avez accès a votre dossier d’usager, incluant toutes vos demandes de réservation (“requests”). Ainsi, vous pouvez les annuler n’importe quand.
Thank you for your suggestion. In fact, if you login to MyCLUES, there is a page there where you can see all your requests and you can cancel them at any time.
Good day. I am a little confused about the return date of a book I had checked out. The print out form I received when I took the book out was due to be returned on 27-03-10. I received a message from you stating I needed to return the book on 20-03-10. How is this possible when I have the receipt saying that the book is due back the 27th. I took the book out on 06-03-10 and I have yet to begin to read it. How did I go from the 27 to the 2oth!!!!
It looks like the book you borrowed has been requested by another student. This can happen. Our loan system is designed so that students can equitably share library resources that may be needed by more than one student.
A book that one student borrows can be requested by another student. It means that the first student may be asked to bring their book back a little earlier than the original loan period of three weeks. You will always be guaranteed two weeks with the book. If someone else requests your book, you will receive an email from the library. The due date of your book may change as a result of the request. The email you receive will advise you of the due date. When you get the message from the library that your book has been requested by another student, you will have at least 4 days to return it to the library.
If no other student requests your book, you get it for the full three weeks. You can even renew it up to three times.
You can keep track of when all your books are due by checking your library account in MyCLUES.
In our library catalogue, CLUES, you can request up to ten books at a time.
One person sent us a potential improvement to make with the online
When you try to make an online request for more than 10 books, a very ambiguous/misleading message pops up saying “THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH YOUR LIBRARY RECORD, PLEASE SEE A LIBRARIAN.” One librarian I spoke to thought it may have happened due to an overdue book/fine (no); another one thought that the cookies in my browser should be deleted (no). The problem is that I’ve exceeded the maximum number of requests
allowed by the syetm but the message does not say that, and most of the circulation staff also didn’t know that either. Change the message to reflect the reality!
Thanks, we would really like to change that message to reflect different realities! We understand it can be confusing. Unfortunately, this is a system-generated message which occurs when a variety of situations are encountered, such as when someone has fines or when someone has reached the maximum number of requests. A number of libaries using this system have asked for the ability to change the message, and we hope it will be more customizable in the future. Thank you for writing, and we are sorry for the inconvenience.
Hi, I wanted to know why half the animation related collection is at the Vanier Library when the school of animation, as a part of the Cinema School is downtown. It’s very hard to use any of them as quick reference when you have to request them every time you need to consult them and then have to wait a day or two to actually get the book.
Some books on animation are housed at the Vanier Library because they have been purchased to support courses and research in Communication Studies, a department that is on the Loyola campus. Many books in the Libraries’ collections have relevance to students on both campuses. It sounds like you are already familiar with the “Request” feature in the CLUES catalogue, which is the best way (other than the shuttle bus!) to get the library books you need when they are at the other campus.
Thank you for writing.
Hello, I’m a student at Concordia University, and I’m trying to reserve a book Essentials of negotiation /Roy J. Lewicki … [et al.] 3rd ed but I can’t . The request verification inform me that: Sorry, only Concordia students, faculty, staff & some CREPUQ users may place holds. I need this book, so what do I have to do?
Sorry you are having difficulty requesting this book. Please get in touch with the Circulation Desk at 514-848-2424, ext. 7706, or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. In order for us to know what might be preventing you from making that request, we’ll need you to get in touch with us so we can look up your file. I hope you can get the book soon.
For other students out there who might have a specific question about a particular item they are trying to request or borrow, it might be faster to contact the Circulation Desk directly, especially since we will need your ID number in order to see what might not be working.