- Overdues sent via email will be delivered days quicker than through US Mail, saving patrons money on accumulated overdue fines on items they have overlooked.
- Hold notices will arrive days sooner, allowing you to pick up items you are anxious for more quickly.
- We consider library records to be private and confidential. Many people share email addresses among several family members. We do not recommend that shared email addresses be used to communicate library information.
- The US Mail offers a reasonable (and Federally-enforced) guarantee of confidentiality of mail sent to and from you. There are no Federal or State laws guaranteeing the confidentiality of email communications. Although we consider our email traffic to be reasonably secure (if only because a hacker would need to go to a lot of trouble to find and extract it), we can not offer any guarantees that this information is secure once it travels through the Internet.
- Delivery of notices from the library to you depends on several vendors: RCLS's Internet Service Provider, their mid-level provider, your local ISP and their mid-level provider, and any links in-between. If a notice can not be delivered, we will remove email settings on your patron record to avoid further problems.
- We've had reports of our email notices being blocked by spam filters (but have not yet identified why they are doing so.) If you use a spam filter that has an override "whitelist", you may want to add "rcls.org" to the whitelisted From domains; or "LIBRARY NOTICE" to whitelisted Subjects.
- Some libraries may charge a fee for holds, regardless of whether the notification is done via US Mail, phone, or email. This fee covers their labor and processing costs associated with requesting and processing materials from other libraries.