Answered By: Fairfax Library Cataloging Services
Last Updated: Aug 07, 2018     Views: 628

Floating materials are not owned by a specific branch and become a part of the collection at the branch to which they are returned. These items spend less time in delivery and allow us to refresh collections at different branches.

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Comments (2)

  1. How do you know if materials are considered "floating" or not? Are they marked as such?
    by Laurin on Sep 18, 2013.
  2. Floating materials are not physically marked with a FLOATING indication. All library materials except for periodicals, reference materials, and framed art are floating. If a fiction title is checked out at Chantilly Regional Library and returned at the community library in Herndon, for example, the item stays at Herndon until it is checked out at Herndon and then returned at Reston Regional Library, perhaps. Materials that float no longer have branch stickers applied. However, there are many, many items in the FCPL collection, processed prior to floating the collection, that do have branch stickers affixed. These branch stickers should now be ignored for all but reference items, framed art works, and periodicals.

    I trust this reply addresses your question.
    by Cataloging Services FCPL on Oct 01, 2013.