I was beyond happy. Now if only they could locate the book I returned on December 20 my account would be unblocked. If the librarian I talked to were in charge I'm sure it would be done.
When I was in graduate school, one of my tasks during an assistantship was locating books that had gone 'missing' somewhere in the library. People do look for these books, but they can be amazingly hard to find, even in small to medium-sized libraries. Typically what they do is set the book's status in the circulation computer to 'trace' and then each day or week generate a report of all books set to 'trace.' Then someone, typically a shelver or intern, combs the stacks for them. They should give you the benefit of the doubt at least for a certain period of time while they continue looking for it. But I guess every library's policy differs.
It was actually my dad who returned the book to the library for me. I'm starting to get paranoid that he didn't do it. This "lost returned book" thing has happened to me several times. Occasionally it is my fault and I've returned the wrong book, but the library seems to make a fair number of mistakes, which is frustrating.
Sadly, libraries are not infallible.
It pains me so.
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