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Subject: Library Book Question
Date Posted: 3/17/2009 5:24 PM ET
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I received a book recently that had library markings.  Since it didn't have anything that said "discarded" I followed the Help Docs and contacted the library.  They have adivsed that it was indeed not in circulation and available to be swapped.

Here's my question - what do I do now? Do I write a note in the book that I checked with the libarary before I swap it back out? Do I just enclose the email from the library? What would you do?

Thank you.

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 5:43 PM ET
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My library puts W's for withdrawn on the books.  This would be allowed as long as you don't put it on text pages.  Maybe over the library markings or on the page edges like a remainder mark.

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 5:56 PM ET
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I never worry about it. My library sometimes draws a marker line through the barcode when it's withdrawn, but not always. I've often picked up books at their Friends of Library sale that don't say withdrawn or anything on them. I send out (and receive!) a lot of ex-library books and haven't ever checked with the library in question. Now, if the book was a new release, with no 'withdrawn' stamp or line through the barcode, then yes, I might e-mail that library to check. Otherwise, I just don't.


Date Posted: 3/17/2009 6:09 PM ET
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I would put a black sharpie line through the barcode, that seems to be a common way for libraries to show the book was discarded. If there is a spine label with the authors name or partial name then put a line through that too.

Other then that I would not worry, since you know its ok to be swapped. If anyone gets it and is worried they can call the library and ask.


Date Posted: 3/17/2009 6:32 PM ET
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Thank you!

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 6:38 PM ET
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My library puts a black magic marker through the barcode (but I take it off before I send a book) and it also stamps on the flyleaf, "NO LONGER PROPERTY OF XXXXX.  Sometimes they also place the stamp on the title page.    Pat

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 6:56 PM ET
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The library near me puts a huge orange sticker that says withdrawn on the cover.  LOL You can't miss it.

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 11:15 PM ET
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Library sales are so common these days that the anomaly would be to find a former library book that hadn't been withdrawn & sold at an FOL sale at some point.  I used to see books with library stamps & think that somebody had checked them out & kept them, and get all indignant about it.  I thought libraries kept their books forever:P

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 8:26 AM ET
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Some of my library books are marked canceled and some are not. I don't stress about it one way or the other. I got it fair and square at a library sale.  I've received library books that don't have a definite marking and again, I don't worry about it.

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 10:52 AM ET
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It seems some members are also being wary about sending out ex-library books.  I got a notice today that a book I'd requested could not be mailed.  But the interesting part was that it wasn't because of my RC's, which I could understand, but simply because it was a former library book.  Why post it to your shelf then if you're not going to send it out?  It's a popular book and I've been #1 on the FIFO for some weeks now, so it was only listed yesterday or the day before.  I guess they had second thoughts about listing it and pulled it from their shelf?

Here's the email I got:

Dear Bernhard,

We wanted to let you know that the book you requested on 3/17/2009 'The Final Warning (Maximum Ride, Bk 4)' by James Patterson cannot be mailed.

The member who this book was ordered from had this to say....

this is a libaray sale book

We checked our database and found that there are no other copies of the book available at this time. Credit has been returned to your account for this request, and the book has been added to your Wish List. If this was a Wish Listed book originally, you have gone back to your previous place in the Wish List queue for the book.