National Library Week 2017
You checked out The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Maybe you found it in Readers' Services, Teens, or Children’s; maybe you found it at a branch. You return it. And you don’t see it again until you’re browsing the shelves and there it is. Your book. The one with the bookmark that you forgot and thought you'd lost forever.
Where did the book go after you returned it? And how did it get back on the shelf?
At some point or another, it passed through MSS.
MSS stands for Material Support Services. You don’t see this department because MSS is in the basement at the Main library. You sometimes see us pushing carts, shelving books, or dropping something off in a department. MSS is one of the cogs that keeps ACPL up and running.
What happens in MSS that’s so important?
If you returned your book at the Main library, we pick it up from one of our drops. We have four — a walk-up book drop off of Ewing Street, an inside book drop near the Check Out desk, an inside book drop near the Plaza Security desk, and the drive-up book drop off of Wayne Street. We check each drop about once an hour. Every book that is returned is checked in by us.
If you returned your book at Main, but it belongs at a branch location, it has some more traveling to do once it gets ...