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Frequently Asked Questions about Prospector & Marmot Holds

What are Prospector & Marmot Holds?

These are self-service features we offer, free of charge, thanks to our membership in two regional library consortiums: Prospector and Marmot. These types of requests are also called "Patron Initiated Holds."

Simply search the desired catalog and click on the "Request It" or "Place Hold" button for the item you wish to receive. You will be asked to input your name and library barcode number. The item will be mailed to the library you indicate and you will be notified when it has arrived.


How is this Different from Interlibrary Loan?

Patron Initiated Holds are part of a regional sharing system that gives you the freedom to find and request numerous books, films, CDs, and more.  You may borrow items from libraries who are members of Prospector or the Marmot Library Network. Interlibrary Loan is similar in that patrons search for and request items, but the process is mediated by library staff who request materials from libraries world-wide.  Finally, Patron Initiated Holds are free to borrow, whereas interlibrary loan items may incur fees.


Late, Damaged, or Lost Items:

Prospector and Marmot sharing are both free services, however, late, lost, or damaged items will incur fines.

We are happy to extend due dates as allowed by the lending library. Also, we give you ample opportunity to return materials on time.  Patrons receive a courtesy reminder which states that items are due soon and provides the due date.  This is  followed by an overdue notice outlining possible penalties once items become past due.  A third and final notice informs the patron that item has been overdue long enough to be considered "lost" and has incurred a  $100 fine.  If the item is returned in the condition received, the $100 fine is waived.  If an item has been lost or damaged, come talk with us to discuss your options. Replacements are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Savage Library staff are always willing to listen and help, so come talk with a staff member if you ever have a problem or question regarding borrowing, your account, etcetera.


Borrower Responsibilities:

  • Return borrowed material on time and in the condition it was given to you.
  • Observe any special conditions set for use of borrowed material by the lending institution. Special instructions are indicated on the book strap and may include: a) Library Use Only; b) Photocopying Not Allowed; c) No Renewals, etc.
  • Remember: you are liable for any lost or damaged material. If you loan borrowed material to someone else, you are still responsible for getting it back to the library on time.

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