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Q. What's the Library Store and can I get items from it?

Answered By: Sharon Nangle
Last Updated: Nov 08, 2019     Views: 245

As the Library continues to add to its collections, it's necessary to make space on the shelves for newer materials.  To do this, we move items which have been borrowed less frequently off the main shelves and into the Library Store. As well as older materials, a proportion of new materials may also be held in the Library Store - this material has a brief catalogue record, allowing it to be requested whilst we complete a full catalogue record, and make space for it in the main collection.  Although items are held in the Library Store you can still borrow them!  

If you search the Library collections and see an item with the location “Main Library Store” choose the option to “Request from Store”. If you haven't already, you'll be asked to login.  Once logged in, select the copy you want, and which site you want to pick it up from.   This video demonstrates how to request a book from the store.

How long will I have to wait? 

The Store request service runs Monday - Friday, and items will normally be available for you to collect the day following your request. Currently there is no Store request service on Saturdays or Sundays, so any requests placed on Friday, Saturday or Sunday should be available the following Monday. Occasionally it may take longer for items to be supplied - if this is the case we'll email to let you know when you can expect the item and the reason for the delay.  Please check your university email account for updates. If an item with the Location of Main Library Store is already out on loan, you can recall it and when it's returned we'll let you know it's ready for collection - the due date will show on the item record. 

How will I know when my item is ready for collection?

The Library will email you to let you know when your item is ready for collection.   

Where do I collect Store items from? 

If you choose the Main Library as the pick-up location items can be collected from the Holds shelf in the Short Loans area of the Library.  If you have selected another site you will need to collect materials from the staff at the Library Service Desk.  

Can everything in the Library Store be borrowed?

Most items can be borrowed, however there are some materials which are for reference use only. These can still be requested from the Library Store, but you will need to use them in the Library. Some of the materials in the Library Store may need to be consulted in Special Collections in the Napier Reading Room at Martyrs Kirk.  If an item is for reference use only, we'll email to let you know, and advise of any restriction in terms of where the item can be consulted.  

If you have any questions about Library Store materials please email 

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