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Current Requests
Older Requests
Unsuccessful Requests




The current request page lists all active requests that are registered against your reader ID.





When you login you will see the number of active requests.
The page displays a maximum of 10 requests. To view your other requests use the navigation provided.

You cannot change the number of requests displayed per page.



If you have more than 10 active requests you can navigate through them as follows:
: Navigates to the next page of requests
: Navigates to the end of your requests
: Navigates to the previous page of requests
: Navigates back to the first page of your requests



Title: The title of the item
Author: The author of the item
Shelfmark: A series of numbers and/or letters on a book indicating its location in the library
Year: The year you supplied, or the year of publication
Vol: Normally used when requesting journals
Notes: Normally used when requesting journals
Current Status: Displays the current status of your request as follows:

StatusDescription
Request submitted Indicates the request has been successfully placed.
Being processed Indicates that we are processing your request.
Ready for collection Indicates that your item is ready to collect. This status applies for both new material that has been delivered as well as material you have seen and have asked to be put on reserve for a future visit.
Issued to reader Indicates that the item has been issued to you in the reading room.
Dispatched to storage Indicates that the item is on its way back to storage.
Back in storage Indicates that the item is back in storage. This status will remain on your current requests page for one day.
Ask at delivery enquiries Indicates that we have been unable to fulfil your request and you should check with delivery enquires to find out why. This status will remain on your current requests page for one day.
Being copied Indicates that you have requested copies from the item and that it is currently with our Imaging Services.
Request cancelled Indicates that you have cancelled the request.
Transferred to another user Indicates that another user wanted to see the item you requested and that it has now been transferred to the new user.

Deliver to: Displays the reading location to which you requested the item
Date Required: Displays the date on which you want to see the item



When you login the requests on the current request page are sorted by date required in descending order. However, you have the option to sort your results by any of the fields.
Click on the field name once to sort that field in ascending order. Click on the field name again to sort the results in descending order.



You can cancel requests that we have not yet started to process. You will only see the cancel requests button where this is the case.



The refresh button allows you to refresh your current requests page so that you are viewing the most recent status for each of your requests. You can also use it to view any new requests that you may have submitted whilst you have been logged into My Reading Room Requests.

If there are current requests that you believe are no longer in use to you, please copy and paste the details of the item into an email along with your reader pass number and send to Service-Improvement@bl.uk. Please note we will not respond to your email.



Older requests are items that we delivered to the reading rooms for consultation and which have returned to storage. Items that we were unable to deliver will be displayed on the Unsuccessful Requests page.





In order to view your requests you need to define a date range. The earliest start date is 24 November 1997. By default the end date is yesterday; you can change this. To enter a date either:

1. Type the date in e.g. 14/01/09 (UK date format only)
2. Use the calendar option by clicking in the calendar icon   First

Once you have entered your date range click on the view button to display your requests.
If there are no requests in the date range entered you will get a blank screen; define a new date range and run the report again.



Title: The title of the item
Author: The author of the item
Shelfmark: A series of numbers and/or letters on a book indicating its location in the library
Year: The year you supplied or the year of publication
Vol: Normally used when requesting journals
Notes: Normally used when requesting journals
Required: Displays the date on which you wanted to see the item



You can navigate through your requests by using the navigation as follows:
First  : Navigates back to the first page of your requests
Prev  : Navigates to the previous page of requests
Next  : Navigates to the next page of requests
Last  : Navigates to the end of your requests

 (Internet Explorer Only) 

The zoom level tool is a magnification tool that allows you to zoom in on your requests.

 (Internet Explorer Only)   Find | Next

You can search for words within your requests. Enter words into the text box and click on Find. Click on Next to find subsequent results for the same term.

   Export

You can export your requests to another format. Select a format from the dropdown menu and click on Export. The format options currently available are:

• Microsoft Excel: Microsoft has a free Excel viewer; you can download this from here

• Adobe PDF: Adobe has a free PDF viewer; you can download this from here

You will need to have these products installed on your PC or Laptop in order to view the exported file. Please note that the export function is not available on British Library Reading Room PCs.





Unsuccessful requests are items that we were unable to deliver to the reading rooms. The unsuccessful requests page functions in exactly the same way as the older requests page.

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