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Remembering to Return Items to the Library

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Are you singlehandedly supporting your local library when you pay your late fees? Want to find a way to get your checked out materials back on time? This guide is about remembering to return items to the library.


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February 2, 2012

When you take out a book from the library, I always use a bookmark. I write the due date on a post-it note and stick it to the book mark, as I read the book and move the bookmark the date is always right there. If you want you could also use the post-it as the bookmark. I've done that a few times also. Hope it saves you some money!

By Lisee from Bloomfield, NJ

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February 4, 20120 found this helpful

Many libraries have computerized their collections. When you check out a book they give you a little "cash register" receipt. why not use that for a book mark. It will have the title, due date and other pertinent info. I have a large collection of bookmarks. Some are more than 60 years old. I never use them to hold my place in a book.

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August 11, 2011

Most libraries allow you to set up an online account. In your account you can review what you have checked out, when it is due back, and you can even renew items. Many libraries will notify you via email when your due dates are approaching, allowing you to avoid overdue fees.

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May 5, 20140 found this helpful

I've done this for years and it really is convenient. Not only can I look at what I have checked out and when it's due but also keep an eye on the items I am waiting on (holds). Also then the library contacts me via email to tell me when something is ready to pick up or when items are due. It's a really great service but wonder how many people realize they can do it.

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By 2 found this helpful
September 26, 2011

Many libraries have a "pre-minder" service. You sign up to receive an email, text message, or automated phone call a few days before your materials are due. At that point you can go online and renew your items. If you are out of renewals, you have a day or two to get to the library before accruing late fees.

By Sharon from Statesboro, GA

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February 3, 2012

We have a wall hanging appointment calendar in the entry porch. When we come in from the library with a new load of books, we mark the due date and the number of books due on that date. Easy-peasy! I haven't had a fine yet.


By FrugalSunnie from Scotland

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February 3, 20120 found this helpful

I live near Washington DC. At checkout, a list is printed out. As if that was not helpful enough, I also receive an email 3 days before books are due, then again on due date. All renewals can be done online. And fortunately, the library is only a 1/2 mile away. Many library systems may be able to send email notifications.

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January 31, 2012

To remember to return library books, I would place a bin next to the door. Have a canvas tote in the bin. Place a clipboard by the door. Make a list of all the books when you bring them home and place it on clipboard.

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