“DC Public Library users can now reserve newly-ordered books”

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From DCPL:

“DC Public Library users can now reserve newly-ordered books like “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and be in line before their release date.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story written for the stage. Set 19 years after the events of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” Harry is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband to Ginny Potter (née Weasley) and a father of three school-age children. While Harry struggles with his adult life and work, his youngest son finds living in his father’s shadow difficult.

Other big additions to the Library this August include Amy Schumer’s “Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo,” Imbolo Mbue’s “Behold the Dreamers” and Julia Gregson’s “Monsoon Summer.”

Customers can reserve “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and other books before their release date by visiting a Library location and speaking with a librarian or by reserving a copy online.

To stay up-to-date on new books coming to the Library and their release date, visit http://dclibrary.org/comingsoon.

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Reserving a book online:

Visit http://dclibrary.org/comingsoon
Click on the book that interests you
Select Place a Hold.
If prompted, login to your Library Card Account
Select your desired Pickup Library and click on Place Hold.
Click OK.
Enter Library Card Number
Enter Your Library Card PIN Number”

8 Comment

  • That’s great news!!

  • DCPL’s on-line reservation system is so easy. This is great news.

  • I love the DC library!

  • you’ve always been able to do this for ebooks but there’s a catch — the library has to actually add the title requested. In rare instances they’ll list acquired titles which have yet to be released. some titles are no-brainers and a given to be added even if not available to hold on the site.

  • Yea! I love the DC Libraries.
    Question. Is it possible to browse e-books, but only see books that are actually available? Before a trip I’ll grab a few books to go, but lately everything is out and requires a hold. I’m not picky and can usually find something, but last week I went through the first 6 pages of non-fiction e-books and they were all out.

    • Yeah, there’s an option on the left-hand side when you’re doing a search and limiting results. It’s at the very top of the menu bar.

      And yeah, you have to wait, usually, until they load the title into the computer – which is almost always after they’ve received the book! This is great!

  • I’m a HUGE fan of DC’s public library system. I’ve placed online holds on literally dozens of books over the past few years. (I receive an email telling me the book’s ready for pick-up which they’ll hold for a week. I’ve even requested the library purchase a couple books that were not part of their collection (through their contact us email). On both occasions, the library did indeed purchase the book and made them part of their collection. Again I was notified by email when the book came in. I’m very, very pleased with their service always and am excited to know I can also reserve a yet-to-be-published book.

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