by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017
Yesterday was a happy day! The West Side Remote Book Returns are once again available at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union drive-thru located at 825 Mormon Trek Blvd. The Remote Book Returns at this location were damaged in a “Car vs. Book Return” incident in January.
When our Maintenance Manager went into the UICCU branch yesterday to let them know the Book Returns were back, the staff applauded. We received a lot of feedback about the missing Book Return-many people expressing what a difference it made in their busy lives. Sometimes we forget little things mean a lot. Although we don’t want incidents like this to happen often, the silver lining is we hear from people who appreciate our services. Thank you!
The new Remote Returns are a bit different. There are three bins for returning materials. Any material that can be returned in the remote bin can go into any bin. Since the Remote Book Returns were installed 18 years ago, the manufacturer changed the sizes of the bins. To get the capacity needed, we had to order three of equal size. Things change and that’s OK.
When we emptied the drop at 1:00 PM yesterday, there were 6 books waiting to be picked up. I’m sure there’s more today.
by Kara Logsden on March 3rd, 2015
Can’t make it Downtown to return your Library materials? Never fear – remote book returns are here!
Many community members utilize the Library’s two remote book returns – our recent quarterly count of materials returned shows 14% of all items returned to the Library February 23rd through March 1st came through the remote book returns. This compares to 15.6% in our count last fall.
The Library maintains two remote book returns in Iowa City – one on the east side at the First Avenue HyVee Pharmacy Drive-through and one on the west side at the Mormon Trek University of Iowa Community Credit Union Drive-through (far right lane). These book returns are in addition to the outside book return located along Linn Street near the staff entrance to the Library.
Items returned at the remote book returns must be in the box by 1:00 PM each day or the item is considered returned the next day. Book returns are emptied 365 days a year and items picked up on holidays are checked in the next day the Library is open. Some materials, such as audiovisual equipment and oversize items that do not fit into the book returns, must be returned to the Help Desk during regular Library hours.
If you have questions about returning Library materials, please give us a call or stop by the Help Desk on the Library’s first floor.
by Kara Logsden on December 22nd, 2014
Every day we receive materials returned to Iowa City Public Library that are owned by other libraries. We often receive items from the Iowa City Community School District, UI Libraries and other local libraries. Fortunately we have a good routine in place to return these materials.
As a part of the State Library’s Open Access program, participating libraries around the state routinely mail books back to the owning library. This is also tied to the service where people who live in a community that supports a public library may get a library card and check out books from public libraries in other communities. The formal system to return books is a great deal for all libraries because it means our materials are routinely mailed back to us.
Because not all materials are eligible for return in the mail, patrons who wish to return items to other libraries for mail return should check ahead of time to assure it is something that can be mailed. Materials that are not eligible for mail return are often high-demand collections and mail return means the items are not available to other people while they are “in transit.” Because of this, libraries ask patrons to return these items directly to the library where the materials were borrowed.
Trivia question: Which library do we return the most items to? Choice are:
a. Weber Elementary Library
b. Coralville Public Library
c. North Liberty Community Library
d. Cedar Rapids Public Library
e. University of Iowa Libraries
Feel free to record your choice in the comments box below this post.
The next time you accidentally return your book to Iowa City Public Library that is owned by another library, rest assured the book will find its way home. Feel free to give us a call to check, but chances are it’s already in the mail 🙂