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HELP! I can't find a book ...

If you looked for a book and can't find it on shelf:

  • Did you check the SORTING RANGE?

The sorting range is an area of shelves for books that are waiting to be reshelved. These are books that, for example, may have recently been returned to the library, or taken from the shelf and used elsewhere in the library.

Please ask at your library about the location of the sorting range(s). At the Kent Campus Main Library, sorting ranges are located at the beginning of floors 7, 8, and 9.

  • Did you check the book's LOCATION?

Make sure you are looking in the same location displayed for the item in the KentLINK catalog. For example, if you are at the Kent Campus Main Library, make sure the item's location in the KentLINK catalog is "MAIN 7th floor" (for example) and not a regional campus library (i.e. STARK or TUSC) or a Kent Campus branch library (i.e. ARCH or PERFORMING ARTS).

If the item is located somewhere else, you may request to have it sent to your location (or another location) by clicking New Request Item Button
in the item's record in the KentLINK catalog.

  • Is the item's status "AVAILABLE"?

In the KentLINK catalog, a status of "AVAILABLE" means that the item is not checked out and that it should be 'available' for borrowing. Other statuses may indicate that an item is not (or not likely to be) on shelf - for example:

KentLINK Status  Meaning 

DUE mm-dd-yy

The item is currently checked out and due on the date given.

DUE mm-dd-yyOFF CAMPUS

The item has been loaned to another institution and is due on the date given.

JUST RETURNED

The item was returned to the library within the last 48 hours. Check the sorting range on that floor, and/or ask about the item at the Circulation Desk.

ON HOLDSHELF

The item is "on hold" and ready to be picked up by another patron.

IN TRANSIT

The item is on its way from one location to another, either to fulfill a request, or to return to its 'home' location.

# HOLD(S)

The item has requests by another patron pending. (If it has not yet been retrieved for the request, it may be on shelf.)

LOST AND PAID

The item was not returned to the library, and a replacement charge has been paid.

MISSING

The item has not been checked out, has been searched for, and could not be located; its present location is unknown.

CHECK SHELF

The status of this item is unknown; it may not have circulated in recent memory.

(This is NOT a complete list of statuses displayed in the KentLINK catalog. Please ask library staff for help with other item statuses.)

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