Sierra configuration of pickup lockers NOT at a branch

We have a couple of branches with hold pickup lockers located in their 24x7 lobbies, but this summer are adding lockers at an unmanned “outpost” location for the first time. This new location isn’t associated with any particular branch, so I’m wondering how other libraries have configured your Locations Served and Float Determiner tables for this purpose.

I have the Locations Served groups of the existing branch lobby lockers configured to include the location code of the locker plus every location code of the associated physical branch, and those are working very well. I’m not quite sure how to configure these standalone lockers.

We have set up our Hold Lockers as their own standalone branch locations, and have not associated them with their nearest branch. I don’t know if that’s the correct way to do it or not, but it has (mostly) worked for us. The address is associated with the nearest branch, however, for mailed bills and such.

Could you create a whole new branch, address, etc…?

We are using LEID hold lockers which do not connect to Sierra directly through API or SIP2.

Attached is a snip of our Locations Served Table showing a few of our Hold Pickup Lockers. There is only one associated location under each of the main hold locker locations.

SPPLLocationsServed

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Thanks for the reply, Lisa. Can you also share a screenshot of the location code detail page you’d see if you drill into any of 111 - 114? Thanks in advance.

Sure thing - here’s the Hayden Heights 24hr locker as an example. The others are the same just the associated location code instead
hh24
(rc24, rd24, sr24).

We also have our lockers configured as separate branches even though we have lockers at every library.

My director is interested in the patron lockers for pickup of items. What company(s) do you recommend? Any easier with Sierra than others?

Thank you,

We chose LEID for a variety of reasons:

  • No yearly subscription fee to use the system
  • No integration fees with III because there is no direct integration between the system and Sierra
  • Rated for outdoor use in cold climates (***though you really should have an overhang and ensure it’s not going to get lots of wind/snow/water on it)
  • Fully ADA compliant - lockers only in the center space with nothing really high or too low to the ground (the others are ADA compliant, but then your staff has to know which lockers are best for each patron with a note in the patron account or something)