You say… how long does it take for a returned book to get back on the shelves

We say…
That’s a really good question! We endeavour to get books returned via the book machines back on the shelves within 24hrs, but they have quite a journey first.
You return them…
The book sorter sorts the books depending on which floor they are from

Then we load books onto trolley’s for specific floors, making sure all the books are in numerical order and finally take the trolley to the right floor and methodically put the books back on the shelves

However…
It’s worth remembering that this is not an exact science, depending on the academic calendar and volume of books this process can take longer. Also, a book left on a table in the library may take longer as it needs to be collected first before it starts the returns journey!