Floating Collection at Penn State
Penn State University Libraries have around one million floating books at nineteen campus libraries located throughout the state.
At Penn State, a floating collection is a group of books that are not housed permanently at one specific library, but instead are shelved in the library where they were most recently discharged. When a floating book is sent to a participating library, it will remain at that location after being returned by the borrower, saving the time and cost of returning it to the original library. Library users will not be able to identify floating books, other than noticing that some books they received from other library locations end up on the shelf of their library when returned.
- Floating books may be requested via “I Want It” by users at any Penn State location.
- Floating books circulate for a regular loan period.
- Floating books can be returned to any library location.