[Koha] Hold fees expected functionality

Katrin Fischer Katrin.Fischer.83 at web.de
Mon Nov 2 02:18:22 NZDT 2015

Hi all,

since Joonas' email the code around the current hold fee functionality
has been cleaned up a bit for better readability:

Bug 14702 - Refactor GetReserveFee

"The code of GetReserveFee was not very clear.
What it did was: check if there are some items not issued. If so and
there are no holds, calculate no fee."

To me these conditions seemed a bit unusual, I had expected it to

- Charge always when placing a hold or
- Charge always when a hold is filled

It would be interesting to hear what others think of this - does the
current behaviour make sense to you? Should it work differently and if
yes, how?


Am 27.08.2015 um 13:40 schrieb Joonas Kylmälä:
> Hello there,
> Since there has been discussion earlier in this mailing list and in
> Bugzilla <http://bugs.koha-community.org/bugzilla3/show_bug.cgi?id=13592>
> about what should be the behaviour when charging a fee from a hold, I
> thought to ask you people here.
> At the moment if you have set a holding fee for X category of accounts
> the fee is only charged when there is no items available for loan or
> some other patron has placed a hold already in biblio or item level
> (correct me if I'm wrong, because I think I am..).
> This makes it impossible to charge a fee when someone makes a hold of
> a specific item (which might be because the specific item is not
> available in the patrons home branch but is in some other). So in that
> scenario no fee will be charged from the patron. I suggest that there
> would be some system preference where one could define if one wants to
> have the hold charge from an biblio record level or from an item
> level. Also I think some other scenarios should be taken in account.
> So, please, tell your opinions about this and how do you want it to be
> done.
> Note: you can find the setting to enable item level holds here:
> <>
> Best regard,
> Joonas Kylmälä
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