Library Procedures

Identifying and Processing Damaged Books

Depending on use and condition, damaged books may be repaired, discarded, bound, or a new copy purchased to replace the existing copy.

Circulation Staff:

When Circulation staff identify a damaged book, use one of the "damaged book" bookmarks available in the circulation area.

1. If a book simply needs relabeling, bring it to the designated cart in Bibliographic Services.

2. If a book needs to be repaired, bound, or possibly replaced:

In the library catalog, change the status of the book to "Damaged".

Scan the item’s barcode and note on the bookmark:

Date item created
Number of historical charges
Date of last transaction
Number of historical browses

Take the book to the Acquisitions Department and leave on the top shelf marked "Damaged Books"

Collection Services:

Collection Services will determine whether to repair, discard, bind, or purchase a new copy. If a determination is made to bind or repair: Collection Services will bring book to Bibliographic Services.

Bibliographic Services:
Repair: Bibliographic Services will repair designated books.
Bindery: For books sent to the bindery, Bibliographic Services will change the status in the library catalog to "Bindery".

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