Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Sign up for the NLB Email Reminder Notice

For those who aren't aware that such a service exists:

If you are a NLB library member, you can sign up to receive , via email or fax, reminders to return their borrowed items before the due date. Click on the image to see the larger screen-shot.

If you're like me, who borrow books and leave them lying around in the house, this service is really useful. I've avoided a few overdue fines this way.

The service has been available since 7 or 8 years ago. Apparently there are still many NLB members who aren't aware of this free service... maybe I should mention the word "free" a few more times: FREE FREE FREE.

The sign-up page is over here (you can stop the reminder service from this page as well).

You can choose to receive reminders by email or fax. Other options are to receive the reminders 1 week, or 3 days or 1 day before your item is due. I chose the 1-week option, so that I have time to decide if I want to continue reading, or renew the item (via link in the email), or return the item.

One very important thing that users of this service should note: Absence of a reminder is not a valid reason for a waiver of fines.

Some people tend to be sore about this, but that's the terms of use. There are many reasons for reminders not being received, and the library can't possibly investigate every claim over a 15cents-per-day overdue fine. Or waive every claim.

Anyway, I've been using this service since the day it was offered, and I've always received a reminder.

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  1. Anonymous3:13 pm

    u mean librarians have to pay fines too???

    - calm one

  2. Thank you! I didn't know this service existed and I tend to leave my books around as well!

    Calm One - He didn't say he ever received one, or if he had, that it wasn't one of those that was waived. ;)

  3. Anonymous11:08 pm

    I rely on this service too, but I still end up with overdue books. D'oh!

    And yes, Calm One, library staff have to pay for fines, renewals and reservation fees too.

    - wrkshy, the Queer Librarian

  4. oh yar! We pay, and we have to wait in the queue like everybody else to get our hands on The Da Vinci Code etc. :)

  5. Just wondering, any chance of SMS reminders soon? :)


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