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Due to major system maintenance, you will not be able to request items through MeLCat beginning on November 18, 2015.  Renewals for MeLCat items will still be possible until December 2, 2015.  The system should be available for requesting again in early December.  If you are MSU faculty, student or staff, please try Uborrow.  Our community borrowers will not have access to interlibrary loan through MSU during that time. For more information, please read this MeLCat Server Migration FAQ. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Non-Workstation Considerations


  • do not grab too many books at once
  • use two hands if lifting heavy books
  • hold books close to your body
  • use your entire hand(s) when grabbing books - avoid the pinch grip
  • do not twist your body, take a step and turn instead


  • do not reach over your head, use a step stool
  • do not bend over when reaching low, squat or sit on the step stool and keep your back straight
  • alternate between your left and right hand when shelving
  • wear closed toe shoes
  • work in pairs if possible, especially when working with books on the higher shelves


  • push book trucks from the end not the side
  • go at a normal pace
  • keep your wrists straight
  • keep the truck close to your body but allow enough space for your feet
  • push book trucks except when going through doors
  • when pulling a book truck keep it close enough so that your arms are not fully extended
  • pull book trucks when exiting elevators or going through swinging doors
  • do not use a damaged book truck, wheels should turn and rotate freely
  • do not completely fill up a truck, keep it light enough to be moved easily
  • if a book truck, falls let it fall. Do NOT try to catch it. Get out of the way.
  • CAUTION: some book trucks have four wheels that turn instead of two


  • vary your work tasks, do not do the same thing for hours on end
  • take frequent microbreaks to prevent fatigue, stretch, focus your eyes on something else
  • work at a comfortable pace
  • do not repeatedly use forceful exertions in your work tasks*
  • have minimal contact with sharp and/or hard edges and surfaces*
  • do not perform work tasks at the end of your range of movement, example: lifting things with your arms fully extended*

Note*: from http://office-ergo.com/alternat.htm

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