Library Elf, a free service that library patrons all around the world could use to keep tabs on their & their family's due dates, is no longer free. Check out their announcement here, which details the reasons for the change.
Since Library Elf began, we've been adding features to our own "My Account" section, many of which duplicate Elf's features. This means two things:
- The EVPL is not currently planning on subscribing to Library Elf.
- You don't need to either!
As long as we have your email address on your library account, you'll receive these email notifications free of charge! Follow these steps to make sure we have your correct email address on file:
- Hit up the My Account page and log into your account using your name & library card number.
- Click on the "Modify Personal Info" button.
- Make sure the "I would like to receive my notices from the library by" option is set to "Email", and ensure we have your correct email address.
- Click the "Submit" link.
Once this is completed, you'll begin receiving the following notifications via email:
- Hold Pickup Notice: When an item you've had on hold is available at the requested library, you'll receive this notice within 24 hours.
- Due Date Reminder: These emails get sent out 2 days before an item is due. A nice reminder to avoid those late fines!
- First Overdue Notice: Sent out when an item is 4 days (for feature DVDs & Bestseller Express titles) or 7 days (all other materials) overdue.
Patrons are still free to subscribe to Library Elf's Premium service; however, the need to do so has greatly diminished. Those with Library Elf accounts who will be relying on our own email notifications from now on have been asked to close their Elf accounts; instructions on doing so can be found at http://www.libraryelf.com/FAQ.aspx#closeAcct.
If you have any questions or comments about our email notifications, please post them in the comments section below. Questions, comments, or feedback about Library Elf should be submitted to them. Library Elf is and has always been a third-party company with no affiliation to the EVPL, offering their notification services to patrons at libraries all over the world.