You can now place unlimited free holds on Vancouver Public Library materials


Lots of us start off the new year resolved to read and learn more, and the Vancouver Public Library just made a policy change-up that might come in handy.

Effective immediately, VPL patrons can now place unlimited free holds on library materials.

Previously, the VPL imposed a limit of 50 free holds per year; a small fee was charged for each subsequent hold.

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“Our users asked. We responded,” says Dawn Ibey, VPL’s director of library experience, in a media release.

Now, with all good news there is a caution: If you don’t pick up your holds, the fee has been increased to $2 (double the prior $1 fee). The VPL says this is to offset the costs of the new limitless holds policy. Other fees, like late charges for borrowed materials, have not changes.

Additionally, VPL users are limited to 50 active holds at one time (applicable for what we can only imagine is a slim subset of hardcore keeners).

Now go forth and get knee-deep in books, DVDs, and more. If you need some book-spiration, the VPL has lots of great ideas for VIA readers here.

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