Listen to a conversation between a student and a library employee.
Excuse me. I received a letter ... that I'm supposed to return a book that I checked out back in September- uh, it's called Modern Social Problems- but I'm writing my senior thesis, so I thought I was allowed to keep the book for the whole academic year.
So you signed up for "Extended Borrowing Privileges?"
And we're still asking you to bring the book back.
Uh huh. Do I really have to?
Well, let me check the computer. The title was Modern Social Problems?
Uh ...[pause, while she’s checking the computer records for the book]Okay, yeah, it's been recalled.
You can keep it all year as long as no one else requests it.
But someone else has ... it looks like one of the professors in the sociology department, so you have to bring it back.
You can check it out again when it's returned in a couple of weeks.
[worried]Well, what if the person renews it? And I really need it right now.
All of it, or is there a certain section or chapter you're working with?
Well, there's one chapter in particular I'm working with, but ... why?
Well, we normally don't do this, but because of the circumstances, we can photocopy up to one chapter of the book for you.
Why don't you do that for the one you're working with right now- and by the time you need the rest of the book, maybe it'll have been returned.
[appreciative]Oh, well, that would be great.
Do you have it with you?
Uh, no. It's in my dorm room. These are books I want to check out today.
Um, is it OK if I bring that by in a couple of days?
Uh, actually, the due date is tomorrow- after that there will be a two dollar per day fine.
But you need to return it today if you want to check out any books today. That's our policy.
Oh, I see.
Yeah, not a lot of people realize that.
In fact, every semester we get a few students who've had their borrowing privileges suspended completely because they haven't returned books.
They're allowed to use books only in the library; they're not allowed to check anything out because of unreturned books.
That's not good. I guess I should head back down to the dorm right now.
But before you go, what you should do is fill out a form requesting the book back in two weeks.
Then the person who requested it won't be able to renew it, and you'll get it back quickly.
I'll do that right now.