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Check in items

Learn how to perform a standard check in.

Standard check in

  1. On the left panel click Check In.
  2. The default Check in Mode should be at Auto.
  3. Optional. Set the Branch Location to a specific pickup location.  See Set the Branch Location at check in.
  4. Select a Receipt Option.
  5. Scan or enter the barcode into the Item Barcode field. If using a scanner it typically reads and processes the check in with each scan. If typing in the barcode you will need to press Enter or click the Check In button.
  6. Scan or type additional items.

Each item appears in the Check In list, including the name of the patron each item was on loan to.

 Note:  The Action column tells you what you need to do with the item next.

The Hold or routing slip prints, if the printing option is chosen and the item needs to be held or routed. The Email Preview window will appear if the email option is selected.

(Optional). Click Clear to clear the list of returned items from the Check In screen.

Configure columns

 Note: Preferences are retained per your user account.

You can choose the columns that appear on the Check In screen.

  1. On the right side of the screen, click the User Preferences button (User Preferences button).
  2. In the Show Columns window, check or uncheck the columns you want to show or hide. 
    • The columns you checked or unchecked are shown or hidden.
    • Select All to configure all the column headings for display. 
    • Copy Number information will only display for LHR items that were created or updated after 18 September 2022.
  3. Close the Show Columns window by clicking anywhere outside it.

Set the Branch Location at check in

Optionally update an item's last seen statistics to specify a location inside a branch while checking the item into the system.  

The system will continue to fulfil holds and item schedules if the item is checked in at the pickup branch. 

  • If your library has more than one pickup location per branch, consider checking in items at the specified pickup location to ensure that the Clear Hold Shelf report can list items at each location. The Clear Hold Shelf report provides each item's last-seen location.

 Note: Checking in an item from any other interface will set the item's last-seen statistics at the branch level only. Any previously recorded branch location or free text value will be removed. This includes check-ins and pulling items using Digby, RFID-enabled book returns, and sorting machines.

Any user with a Circulation or Student Worker role can set a Branch Location from the Check In screen.  By default, the current Branch will display. To specify a more exact location for the check in, use the Edit button to open the editing options.

From the Check In screen:

  1. Use the Edit button next to Branch Location. Options include:
    1. Select any Branch Location currently configured for your branch.
    2. Enter a one-time, custom location value up to 50 characters in length.
    3. To update the last seen location to your current branch only, leave the entry box blank. This will clear any previously selected location.
  2. Click Update.

Watch a video

Check in

Run time: 4:46

In this video, you will learn how to check in materials, including printing or emailing a check in receipt, and processing items that fulfill a hold or need to be routed to another branch.


Check in mode

The standard check in above uses the Auto (default) mode. You can choose another check in mode:

  • Auto (default): Use for normal transactions. Auto mode performs all of the normal actions associated with check-in (removes the item from the patron record, triggers a hold, sends the item to a shelving or pickup location, etc.).
  • Non-loan Return: Use to check in items that were used, but not checked out (items from the reference collection, items that are on reserve, or items found in a reading room). This mode updates the item’s Soft Issued Count on the item Statistics screen.
  • Inventory: Use when conducting an inventory (for example, you are performing a shelf-read and scanning barcodes of items that are present). This mode updates the item’s Inventoried Count and Last Inventoried date on the item Statistics screen. Refer to Inventory for more information.
  • Delete Hold: Use to delete a hold on an item that is on the pickup shelf, but has not yet expired. This mode checks the item in and cancels the hold for the patron that had been notified that the item was ready for pickup.