Next time you check out an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) book, you may notice that it now comes with a brand new, reusable UCF book strap around the cover. From now on, books that we borrow from other libraries’ collections are getting dressed up with these straps in order to help protect and preserve their covers as our own students, faculty and staff use them. In other words, adhesive labels are out – and book straps are in!
In order to comply with a new policy to better preserve ILL materials, book straps must now be used in lieu of adhesive labels. Our reusable book straps are a ‘greener’ option because they eliminate the need to create paper straps for each book, which not only reduces paper usage, but also gives our staff more time to find those items you need! Going forward, new paper labels are being designed to fit inside each book strap pocket, which will help cut the cost by decreasing our usage of the pricier adhesive labels.
If the next ILL book you pick up comes with one of our new book straps, please avoid removing it, and make sure to return it along with the book. In the future, a replacement fee may apply for any book straps that are not returned. As a friendly reminder, all ILL items may be returned to the library book drop, Circulation Desk or directly to the ILL Office located in the John C. Hitt Library.