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March 22nd, 2021

One of the first things you'll want to do in preparation for the end of the year is check your library's calendars and item policies. With Alexandria, you can set Period Due Dates and Hard Due Dates.

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 Calendar Preferences

A Period Due Date is a date by which all items should be returned to the library. The circulation period before this date will be shortened so things are returned on time. If your due dates for the end of this year are already set, consider setting them for the following year while you're there.


Meanwhile, a Hard Due Date is a special date assigned to some item policies. It overrides all other due dates, including Period Due Dates, and allows items to be checked out for an extended period of time.

Version 7

Read through the Due Dates tab of our End-of-Year Procedures for instructions on how to check and set Period and Hard Due Dates. You can also see Calendars for more information. And don't forget about the End of Year Procedures Workshop as a helpful resource!

Version 6

See the Calendars & Period Due Dates and Hard Due Dates sections of the End-of-Year Procedures. For more information, look through the Calendar Preferences page or consider watching the super helpful End of Year Procedures Workshop for v6.

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Feel free to contact our 24/7 Customer Support at 1-800-347-4942 or if you need additional help or have questions about end-of-year prep. We wish you the best and hope you stay safe!

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