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Requestor Function Shipping

Purpose: to send and receive materials from other system libraries which have been requested by patrons using the URSUS "G" function.

  • Get Large Requestor Function truck from Circulation at 10-13:30 AM
  • Most material will be shipped via MDS (Maine Delivery Service), some by U.S. Mail, one location will go by Campus Mail.
  • MDS will not go to the far north: Fort Kent and Presque Isle will have to go by U.S. Mail LIBRARY RATE because of this.
  • We send Darling Center books by U.S. Mail, LIBRARY RATE unless there is a very large shipment (in that case special arrangements for inter-campus pickup will be made).
  • We send all University College books by Campus Mail.
  • If a shipment that would go MDS is 5 lbs or lighter, it goes by U.S. Mail LIBRARY RATE (see below)
  • Do not use Gray bins for books in plastic tubs (ask why not)

To Start Getting Requestor Function Books Ready for Shipping

  • Prepare MDS Log Book - Our MDS shipper number is 573N (ALL OF IT IMPORTANT!) Note: The N is used on the Gray bins only.
  • Locate correct label for the destination, stamp with MDS stamp, fill in weight.
  • List destination in log book (follow examples in log: University of Maine Libraries get listed first, any other libraries going MDS, follow (Colby, Maine State Library, etc.) Weigh bin. NOTE THAT THE SCALE IS TARED FOR 4 LBS for use with the Gray bins. Record next highest full pound on label.
  • There is a smaller scale that can be used for smaller packages. Any that go MDS get a label, MDS stamp (filled in). Tape boxes securely, use some packing materials to protect books.
  • For single books bubble envelopes may be used. Secure address labels with tape, make sure our return address gets stamped in as well as the LIBRARY RATE. If a box is used, make sure any old information gets covered up or crossed out to avoid confusion.
  • MDS USUALLY PICKS UP AT ABOUT 3 PM

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