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5.4. Patron Profile Types

SPARK has a number of patron profile types based on the needs and requests of individual libraries.

Your library's Circulation Policies are based on the patron profile types that your library uses.

Placing a patron in a patron type not used by your library may cause a circulation to fall back on the SPARK default policies.  If you notice that an item did not circulate as expected, it could be because the patron was placed in a patron group your library doesn't use. 

Please make sure that the staff who register patrons are aware of the Patron Registration Policies and account expiration periods at your library and are placing your patrons into the correct patron group.

There is a feature, Permission Tree Entries, that came with our upgrade to 3.3 that allows us to display only the patron types used by your location--contact SPARK support if you want to be the first to try it out.    

Patron Groups in SPARK are currently:

Adult
Adult 3 year
Courtesy
Courtesy 3 year
Extended
ILL
Juvenile/YA
Juvenile/YA 3 year
Semester 180 days
Outreach
Temporary
Internet Only

New Patron types are only added by SPARK Community decision. 

A change in process is a name change to Semester 180 days.  In the future, it will change to Limited: 6 months.

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