Why does the library put the barcode on the back of paperback books and audiovisual materials such as Books on CD, CDs, DVDs, etc.?
This is a problem as it covers up the content information on the back. When the library first moved to a barcode circulation system in the early 1990s a decision had to be made where to put the barcode.
There were pros and cons regarding barcode placement on the books and the decision was to put the barcode on the back so as not to cover information on the front (title/author). For efficient circulation all items have barcodes placed in the same location.
We apologize for the inconvenience to our patrons and appreciate their understanding and hope in future to migrate to a newer circulation technology that no longer requires a library barcode on materials.
This service is offered at the library. For more details, please contact the following library locations.
Central Library (301 W. Claude Street, Lake Charles, LA (337) 721-7116 Moss Bluff Library (261 Parish Road, Lake Charles, LA (337) 721-7128 Sulphur Regional Library (1160 Cypress St., Sulphur, LA (337) 721-7141 You may also check availability at other locations.
Why does the library remove library books and other materials from the library collection?
Annually the library removes library materials that are damaged, are no longer checked out, or contain out-of-date information. This process is necessary to make space on the shelves for adding new materials that library users want. Removed materials are recycled through Better World Books, through local friends of the library book sales, donated to other non-profit agencies or disposed of through Team Green of Southwest Louisiana.