[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Circulation Limit Sets

Jason Stephenson jason at sigio.com
Thu Dec 22 13:44:30 EST 2016


The answer to your question mostly comes down to what circulation
matchpoints apply to the circulation and what limit sets apply to those
matchpoints. (It can be, and likely is, more complicated, but let us
forget that for a moment.)

If the matchpoint comes from the library doing the circulating, then
that's the limit that applies. So, in your first example, library X
sends DVDs to library Y, then library Y's limit applies. In your second
example, if library Y sends DVDs to library X, then library X's limits

If your matchpoints are based around the library that owns the item, and
not the library where the circulation happens, then the limit sets of
the library that owns the item will normally apply.

You can set the limit sets up so that they fall into groups, and
different things can count as the same thing. For instance, you can
group CDs and DVDs together, or VHS and Cassettes, and so on. You can
also limit people to 5 DVDs, and only 1 DVD with a certain circ
modifier, and that 1 DVD counts against the two limits.

I'll stop there with the simplified answer. I'm not sure that I could
explain it all very well in an email.

On 12/22/2016 12:43 PM, scott.thomas at sparkpa.org wrote:
> I have a question about Circulation Limit Sets. I know the policy is
> applied to the Owning Library, but I was wondering how it would work in
> a resource sharing situation. Say Library X has a Circulation Limit of 5
> DVDs and Library Y has no circulation limits at all. A patron at Library
> Y places a hold on seven DVDs that are fulfilled by Library X and sent
> to Library Y for pickup. Is the patron at Library Y prevented from
> checking out DVD’s 6 and 7 or are Library X’s limits not in force at
> Library Y even though Library X owns the items? Conversely, if a patron
> at Library X tries to check out twelve of Library Y’s DVDs, will they be
> able to? Let’s assume, for the sake of simplicity, that the Circulation
> Library and the Owning Library are the same in all of these items.
> Thank you in advance for helping me with this.
> Scott
> Scott Thomas
> Executive Director
> (717) 873-9461
> scott.thomas at sparkpa.org
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> Library System <http://www.palibrary.org/pails/>

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