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Subject: I'm about to leave for college, what should I do about my bookshelf
Date Posted: 8/20/2007 10:34 AM ET
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I'm about to leave for college, very very far away from hom. what should I do about my bookshelf. I want to contiune sending and recieving books, but I am certain my roommate, whoever she is would not like this at all. Is there a way you can have two bookshelves, one for books one place, and one for books at another. Or do I need to remove all my books, from my home bookshelf. And then start building a new one down there, once I get to school, and I have books to post, that i either finished, or no longer want? And then when I get back home, I add my home books again?

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 10:46 AM ET
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How many books do you have? Can you get a PO box where you'll be?

If your worried about a roomie not wanting to give out your address then a PO box will solve that.

If you just have a bunch of books you could get some under the bed storage containers and store them there.

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 10:59 AM ET
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I'm not sure what your reservations about your roommate are.  If you are worried about bringing boxes of books to your dorm room and not having room for them, you could put your account on vacation hold. 

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 11:57 AM ET
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If you have very understanding parents, you could have them send books out when they are requested.  I know some other parents on this site do that.

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 2:24 PM ET
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My understanding is that if you put your account on hold, any books you add after that are NOT on hold, so you could put your account on hold, then add the new books as you get them. I think you'd have to put all wl books on autorequest for this to work.  You can request books while your account is on hold also.

Though, I'm not sure what you'd do about the new books when you went home for a vacation, but you could take off your hold when you were home to send those you'd put on hold out... Ack!

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 2:51 PM ET
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Denise, that's no longer the case. From the HC:

Books newly posted to your Bookshelf during a Hold will be hidden from requests.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2007 3:01 PM ET
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Why not just open a second account.  If you are at home, put the school one on hold, and if you are at school put the home one on hold. 

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 3:05 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/20/2007 3:08 PM ET
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Nope. From the help center under "Who can join PBS?"

Please note that each member may register only one account.

It would be nice if our accounts could be divided into multiple internal bookshelves. (Say, one for you, one for your spouse. One for home, one for school. One for home, one for the vacation home.) But it's not an option. :(

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 3:34 PM ET
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It sounds like the issue, though, is storage more than anything else, correct?  Like, you aren't sure where to put all the books that you post on PBS once you move into your dorm.  So, even if you could have 2 accounts, that doesn't resolve that problem.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2007 4:36 PM ET
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She's already emptied her shelf, so I guess it is a non-issue at this point.

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 6:12 PM ET
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I'm a college student, and I still use PBS.  In fact, I've used it in three cities and two states.  It doesn't matter what the return address is, so I usually keep my account set to my current address.

I keep the books listed on my account at home (and believe me, you don't want anything more at college than you need - it gets to be a pain to pack things up all the time).  When a book is requested, I email my mom and she mails it for me.  (In thanks, I occassionally order books for her and my sister.)  I usually have new books sent to me at school, but if I finish something and decide not to keep it, I'll post it and mail it myself. 

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 7:52 PM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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I live in 2 places also, and I delete my bookshelf from home #1 when I leave, and post books at home #2, and then vice versa.  It's a bit of a pain, and I don't know if I would do it if I had hundreds of titles, or maybe I would just post a few dozen, but it does solve the problem for me so I don't have to haul books back and forth in my luggage, where I'm afraid they'll become unpostable, and it keeps me active on the site so I can be earning credits.

my two cents