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Services Available at the Circulation Desk

Book Return: Ablah Library provides several book returns: in front of the Circulation Desk, one in the northwest vestibule near the 24 Hour Study Room, one in the Library Foyer, and one outdoor drop located on the east side of the library. There are also a book drops at the West Campus and South Campus.  Materials may also be returned directly to staff members at the Circulation Desk or by mail.

Book Transfer: WSU students taking courses at the South and West Campus locations are eligible to have library books transferred from Ablah Library to the closest satellite campus for their convenience.   Check out the library catalog to find your book and click on Item Request.

Change Services: Change is available from the change machine and the Circulation Desk. The change machine is located east of the Circulation Desk and will provide change for $1 and $5 bills. The Circulation Desk will provide change for $5, $10, and $20 bills.

Fax Services: The Circulation Desk offers fax services for all library clients. Pricing is as follows.

Sending- Local (316 area code) & Toll-Free (800, 888, 877, 866, 855): $1.00 total

Long-Distance: $2.50 for the cover sheet or first page; $0.50 for each additional page

International: $7.50 for the cover sheet or first page; $2.00 for each additional page

Receiving- $1.00 per page

Holds / Recalls: Holds and recalls can be placed on items that are currently checked out. When a hold is placed on an item, the patron requesting the item will be notified when the item is turned in. The patron who has the item checked out will retain the full circulation period but will not be allowed to renew the item. When a recall is placed on an item, the item may be given a new earlier due date and the patron requesting the item will be notified when it is checked in.

Lost & Found: Have you lost something in the library? Check at the Circulation Desk. Items that are turned in are kept behind the counter for one week, and then are taken to the Campus Police Department. Lost Shocker Cards are taken to the Shocker Card Center every few days.

Rush Processing: Records of newly acquired books and books that are on order are listed in the online catalog. These items will not have call numbers until they have been checked in and cataloged by Library staff. The status line will say "On Order" or "Copy Received." Patrons who wish to be notified when these items are available may request them at the Circulation Desk. Books with "Copy Received" status will generally be processed within three working days and placed on hold for the patron at the Circulation Desk. Books with "On Order" status will be processed as soon as the Library receives them; however, this could take several months, and patrons may wish to explore alternatives such as Interlibrary Loan.

Searches: Searches may be requested by patrons when library items that are not checked out cannot be found. Patrons should check the material's shelf location as well as the appropriate sorting area prior to requesting a search.

Study Hall Slips: Study Hall Slips are available at the Circulation Desk for student athletes and others who need to track time spent studying. The WSU Libraries does not monitor the activities of athletes while they are using the Library.

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