I am still waiting for my turn for The Shack. I am on hold for multiple copies of this book at multiple libraries.
At my work library I am on hold for three different copies: hardbound, paperback and large print. In the queue of holds I am #22, #17, and #6, respectively. The problem is that at work, my hold priority is low, so that if a resident places a hold, they are automatically bumped ahead of me because I am merely a lowly staff member and do not pay taxes to this community.
At my home library I am on hold for two copies. I guess they only have the hardbound and large print versions. I am #11 and #3 in the holds queue there, respectively.
So how long will I have to wait? Who knows?
There is one library catalog system out there that has the ability to "guess" how long you will have to wait for your hold based on the circulation periods and the number of holds. Like, if there is one copy of a book, and it circulates for three weeks and there are two people ahead of you, you will probably have to wait about 6 weeks. It gets more complicated when a library has several copies of the book and lots of holds.
I think this would be nice, in theory, to let people know about how long they may have to wait. The problem is, there are always those jerks out there who will come back and say "It's been three weeks, why don't I have my book yet?"
In the meantime, I have finished the Maximum Ride series (well, I'm on hold for the "fourth" one) and am moving on to Orbiting the Giant Hairball, while waiting for The Shack.
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