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Subject: Books received while on vacation hold
Date Posted: 1/20/2010 8:22 AM ET
Member Since: 12/23/2009
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I'm expecting two books that were mailed quite a few days ago.   I usually mark books "received" immediately when they arrive, but I'll be away for four days this weekend.   I plan to put my account on hold for those days, but what happens if a book arrives while I'm gone and I can't mark it until after I get back?   Or if somebody requests a book I posted?

Also, if my account is on hold, and I manage to log in during that time, can I take it off hold and then put it back on?  Of course I won't know anyway if the book comes while I'm gone, but I could answer requests.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 8:48 AM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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If your account is on vacation hold, then books can NOT be requsted from your shelf.  That's what vacation hold is for.

As for incoming books, it's only 4 days.  As long as none of them are in danger of timing out over the weekend (being declared lost in the mail), then you're find to mark them received when you return home.

Make sure any WL books you really want are set to auto-request and that you have credits to cover them.  They will be automatically requested for you even while on hold.  If you don't want any WL books that may be posted to you or you don't have credits, then put those books on hold.  You retain your place in line but can not get the book offered to you if you're at or near the top until you un-hold it.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 3:42 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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I always add a note to the member when marking the book received like "Sorry if there was any delay in marking this book received, I have been out of town for a week (or 4 days or whatever you feel comfortable stating)".

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 8:42 PM ET
Member Since: 6/13/2009
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If it's been a while since the book was marked mailed then I send a PM to the sender to let them know I'll be away and will mark it rec'd as soon as I collect my mail - provided it has arrived of course. And do as Sally does when I return and collect my mail. 

Before I go on vacation, I mark any books that are close to #1 on my WL as auto-request.  And put all the books on my bookshelf on hold so they can't be ordered. 

This way I can still log on wherever I am if I want to. 

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 9:41 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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Make sure you use vacation hold on your bookshelf.  Not individual hold.  That puts you at the END of FIFO rather than keeping your place. 

Only use individual hold on Wish list books.  And you do not need to do that if you are set to vacation hold.  The only WL books you will be offered are the auto request ones while you are on vacation hold.