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More information on the WATSONLINE STATUS field

REQUESTABLE
May be requested.  Click here for our Book Retrieval schedule.
In Nolen Library, available on shelf.

AVAILABLE ONLINE
Not requestable because an equivalent electronic version is accessible.  For permission to consult the original, please contact the Watson Library Reference Desk.

AT THE BINDERY
Not requestable, currently at the bindery.  Please ask at the Watson Library Reference Desk for assistance locating another nearby copy.

AT VENDOR
This is used for items that have been sent to a vendor for outsourced cataloging or digitization. They are not requestable, or physically retrievable.

BOOK CONSERVATION
Not requestable. Currently in a Book Conservation laboratory undergoing treatment.

CHECKED OUT
Library materials may be in use by Museum staff members and recalled only by other Museum staff members with checkout privileges.
Visiting researchers, please ask at the Watson Library Reference Desk for assistance locating another nearby copy.

CLAIMED
A periodical issue or volume that was not delivered on schedule; library staff are actively working to obtain a copy for the collection.

DEPARTMENT USE ONLY
Materials that must be used in the library indicated. Please see the Met Libraries page for complete information.

GOING OFFSITE
This is for items that have been processed for offsite but have not yet been accessioned at our offsite storage facility. They are not requestable, or physically retrievable, while they have this status.

IN PROCESS
Not requestable.  Please see Watson Library Circulation Desk staff to have these volumes retrieved.

IN TRANSIT
May be requested. Materials in transit from one location to another.

IN USE
Departmental books that are not on the shelf when paged will be given this status, to prevent re-paging. 

MISSING
Not on shelf and not accounted for.  Please see the Reference Librarian to initiate a search for the material.

NEW BOOK SHELF
Located on the New Book Shelf in the Cloisters Library and Archives.

NOLEN OPEN SHELVES
In Nolen Library, available on shelf. Please visit Nolen Library to consult or borrow material.

ON DISPLAY
Not requestable because the item is temporarily on display in the Watson Library Reference Room or Nolen Library.
In Nolen Library, ask a staff member for locations of “on display” items.

ON HOLD SHELF
Located on the Watson Library Circulation Desk hold shelf available for pick-up.

ON ORDER
This status is used for records loaded from shelf-ready vendors prior to the books being onsite. Use this form to place a hold on items with this status: ON ORDER title request form.

OPEN SHELVES
Located in the Reference collections of the library indicated.

RECENTLY RETURNED
May be requested. Returned within the last 48 hours, these items may not yet be shelved.

RESERVE SHELF
On the reserve shelves in the Watson Library Reference Room near the lockers.
In Nolen Library, on the reserve shelf behind the Circulation Desk.
These books are subject to removal at the request of a Museum staff member.

WITHDRAWN
Removed from the libraries’ collections. Please ask at the Watson Library Reference Desk for assistance locating another nearby copy.