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Circulation Page - A description of services available to WSU Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Users at Ablah Library


Holds are used to allow patrons to reserve a library item. Holds placed on an item that is currently checked out will not affect that item's due date. Patrons may not place holds on Reserve materials or DVDs.

There are two types of holds:

  • 24-Hour Hold: This type of hold can be used to request that the library reserve materials that are currently checked in. To request a 24-hour hold on an item, please call the Circulation Desk at 316-978-3582.
  • 7-Day Hold: This type of hold may be used to place a patron in the queue for an item that is currently checked out. Students, faculty and staff may request a 7-day hold through the online catalog regardless of whether or not the requested material is currently checked in.


Recall policies are used by libraries to help improve access to high demand material. Ablah Library's recall policy allows WSU students, faculty, and staff to place recalls on items that are already checked out. Patrons may not place recalls on Reserve materials or DVDs.

  1. When a recall is placed, the patron who has the item is informed by email notice that the item has been recalled and the item now has a new recalled due date. Recalled items are generally due 7-12 days after the recall is placed.
  2. To encourage the return of recalled items, the fines for late return of recalled items are higher than those for late return of other long-term loan items.
  3. A one dollar per day fine is applied to any recalled item returned after the recall due date. This $1.00 per day fine continues until the item is returned, until the maximum recall fine of $40.00 per item is reached, or until lost charges for the recalled item are paid. Recall fines are added to any other fines or lost charges on the patron's record. There is no grace period on recalled items.
  4. Most faculty, staff, and students receive recall notices by campus email. Community users receive recall notices by U.S. Mail.
  5. To be sure that you receive recall notices in a timely manner, be sure to check your email account frequently. If you receive printed notices, keep your mailing address updated at the library. The library is not responsible for undelivered or lost recall notices.

How to Avoid Recall Fines

  1. Be aware that materials may be recalled at any time, even when classes are not in session.
  2. Once an item has been recalled, the original due date is void. The borrower must return the item by the date specified on the recall notice.
  3. Recalled items cannot be renewed. The borrower who is relinquishing the item, however, has the right to recall it for his/her future use. When the item is returned, the library will notify the requestor of its availability.
  4. Recall fines are not canceled because the borrower was out of town. Borrowers should:
    • Return Library materials before leaving for break, vacation, sabbatical or University business.
    • Arrange with someone who has access to your Library books to handle Library-related mail in your absence and return any recalled items.
    • Check email messages and keep mailing addresses current.
    • Return recalled items to the Library by the date specified.
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