What is the Library's policy on missing books?
When a patron indicates that a desired item is missing we:
- immediately offer to order the item via inter library loan.
- Next, circulation staff fills out a missing book form, which can be found in the form basket, at circulation.
- Then, a search is conducted for the missing item.
- If the item is not found circulation staff changes the status of the book to “On Search.” After two weeks, a second search is conducted. If the item still cannot be located, the book status is changed to “Missing” in the catalog.
At the end of the semester, a report of missing books is generated and given to the collection development librarian who decides whether to purchase a new copy of the book or delete the record from the catalog. If a book is later found, it can be again added to the catalog.