Happy Tuesday! I'm back with another "Try This at Home Tuesday" post but I'm shifting my focus away from healthy eating/recipes and instead am sharing a library life hack that has helped me so much. Namely, I'm going to talk about the ability to suspend requests at the library. This hack has come up in conversation with several friends and none of them were aware of this library request feature so I thought I'd share it more broadly in case it helps others!
The suspend option has become a life saver for me because before I knew about it, I'd often have a ridiculous number of books all become available at the same time. Most of the time I'd been on a wait list for said books so I would be so disappointed that I wouldn't be able to get through them all before they were due. I know some people will hold onto books past the deadline and pay the fines but I just can't do that (you know, since I am an upholder and holding onto a book past the deadline would be breaking a rule!).
Luckily, I discovered the suspend function on my library's request system. It seems like the library request system is the same across the U.S. so hopefully my American readers will recognize the screens I'll be sharing.
Here is how it works. When I request a book, I select the "suspend the request" box. When you select this box, it pulls up a suspend date box but if you leave it blank, it will be suspended indefinitely.
The suspend option is best for books with a long wait because despite the fact that you have suspended your request, you still advance up the queue for the book. As you'll see below, I'm in the #1 position for the suspended requests displayed below.
Then, once I am ready to read the book, I change the request status to "active" and the next time someone checks in a book, it gets transmitted to me!
I have quite the long to-be-read list on Goodreads.com (338 books to be exact which is about 5-6 years worth of reading!) but that is sort of the catchall for what I want to read eventually, whereas my request list at the library shows what I want to try to read in the next 6-12 months.
One caveat is that this does not work for eBooks as there isn't a suspend option for those books - at least not yet. So I pretty much only request eBooks that are immediately available for download because otherwise I won't have control over when they will become available.
So there you have it. My very best library hack!
Are you a heavy user of the library? Most of the books I read come from the library as it's very rare for me to buy a book these days. I heart the library so much; I can't imagine how I got by in the years before I started to use it!