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Library closed for stocktaking: 17-31 Aug 2015 (both days inclusive)

last modified Aug 07, 2015 01:00 PM
Our annual stocktaking weeks are scheduled for 17 Aug 2015 - 31 Aug 2015 (both days inclusive); during that time the library will be closed and you can only return books via the bookdrop.

What do we actually do during stocktake?

Some libraries call it shelf-check or inspection week(s), but essentially do what a lot of libraries try to do once a year: we check that every book we believe should be on the shelf is on the shelf. This means that we have usually two teams of two librarians starting at different shelves - one calling out the classmark on the shelf, the other team member checking a printed out list.

Why does it take two weeks?

We usually need about 7-8 working days for the actual check, then we need to spend some time on tidying up the records (and maybe even investigating some problems); often, we also do a book move during this time. The last day of stocktake week has traditionally be the August Bank Holiday Monday, when we do not work.