Frequently Asked Questions about Periodicals
- Why hasn't yesterday's Los Angeles Times been put out on the
newspaper sticks yet?
- Only the Eureka Times-Standard and the San
Francisco Chronicle are delivered by carrier; because of the cost,
all other newspaper subscriptions are sent 4th class mail. This means
that often papers are received 3 to 5, and sometimes more, days after the
date of publication. Periodical unit staff try to put
newspapers out for display within a few hours of receipt in the mail. If
you have a question about whether a newspaper issue has been received, ask at
the Periodical & Media Assistance window.
- Why isn't the current issue of Newsweek ever on the Current
- Periodicals on the Current Display are heavily used. Periodical unit
staff reshelve issues 2 times a day, and issues of most titles return to
the display at least once in 24 hours. If you have a question about a
particular title, ask at the Periodical & Media Assistance window.
- How long does it take for a new issue of a periodical to be put
out? I've noticed that the date on the cover is sometimes weeks or months
earlier than the date that the issue gets to the shelves.
- The answer to this question varies, depending on the periodical
title. If the title is behind publication schedule, the date the publisher
puts on an issue's cover might be months or (occasionally) years earlier
than the date the issue was actually published. The time it takes for
4th class mail to be delivered to Humboldt County is also a factor.
Periodical unit staff try to shelve new issues of Current Display
titles within 1 day of receipt in the Library, and to have new issues
of all other titles shelved within 3 days of receipt. If you have a
question about receipt of a particular issue, ask at the Periodical &
Media Assistance window.
- I've been looking for 2007 issues of a periodical I need for
the last week, and they're never there. How long does it take for issues to
- If you can't find an issue or issues of a periodical, you can
always ask at the Periodical & Media Assistance window for help. If you
are in the Library at a time when the window is closed, go to
the Circulation Desk, first floor, to see if the issues have been
checked out. In addition, be sure to search the title in the
"Journal & Newspaper Finder" on the Library's web page: there is often
electronic fulltext in one of the databases the Library subscribes to.
Older issues might be available in microfilm or microfiche format, so
double check the Library Catalog to see exactly what should be physically
in the Library, and where. Finally, you can fill out a Search/Hold card
at the Circulation Desk; this initiates the process of Library staff searching
for, and possibly replacing, missing issues.