Barcode Label Placement

Barcode Label Placement – PDF with screenshots and examples

Guidelines for Barcode Label Placement

Hardcover Books with Paper Dust Jackets – Front cover, horizontal, ½ inch from top of book, ½ inch from spine. The numbers will read from left to right. The label will be placed in this position even if it covers pertinent information. The label will be applied directly to the paper dust jacket which is then covered with a Mylar jacket.

Hardcover Books Without Paper Dust Jackets – Front cover, horizontal, ½ inch from top of book, ½ inch from left edge of cover board. (Please note, the label will be more than ½ inch from the spine.) The numbers will read from left to right. The label will be placed in this position even if it covers pertinent information. The exposed barcode label will be covered with a clear label protector (available from the Stock Room).

Paperback Books and Serials – Front cover, horizontal, ½ inch from top of book, ½ inch from spine. The numbers will read from left to right. The label will be placed in this position even if it covers pertinent information. The exposed barcode label on paperbacks will be covered with a clear label protector.

If your location has a limited retention policy, the label protector is optional on popular magazines.

CDs, and DVDs – Front cover, horizontal, ½ inch from top of book, ½ inch from spine. The numbers will read from left to right. The label will be placed in this position even if it covers pertinent information. The label will be applied directly to the cover art which is then covered with a Mylar jacket.

Books With Barcode Labels Already Inside the Book – Please be careful to check to see if there is already a barcode inside the book before you place a barcode label on the outside of any book.

At this time, the Library is not planning on re-barcoding materials that currently have usable barcodes inside the book.

Damaged / Unreadable Barcode Labels – Through normal wear and tear, barcode labels may become unreadable.

Outside: Apply a new barcode label over the existing label and change the barcode number in the Polaris item record accordingly.

If the damaged barcode label is under the Mylar jacket, you must remove the Mylar jacket, replace the barcode label, and then re-cover the paper dust jacket with a new Mylar jacket.

Inside: If a barcode label inside a book is no longer readable, you can place the new barcode on the outside cover. It is especially important to remember to neatly and completely “black out” the old barcode label with a permanent marker pen to avoid confusion at check-out.

 

Examples of Problem Barcode Label Placement

Please remember, the barcode label must be placed in the same spot on all books even if it covers up part of the title, author, series, edition, or even an important picture. Mass-market paperbacks will be especially problematic. Here are some examples of pertinent information that will be covered with the barcode label.

Examples of Bad Barcode Placement