[Koha] General question on borrower_debarments

Katrin Fischer katrin.fischer.83 at web.de
Mon Jan 24 04:40:21 NZDT 2022

Hi Anke,

SUSPENSION is used when you use the 'fine days' feature in the
circulation rules. Instead of a fine the patron will be debarred for a
certain amount of time depending on how long their items have been
overdue on checkin.

OVERDUES is used for debarring patrons when sending an overdue notices
using the checkbox on the overdue notice triggers configuration.

DISCHARGE is used when a patron asks for a discharge and the library
agrees with it. (see UseDischarge system preference)

MANUAL is used for the ones you can enter from the GUI (as you already

At the moment it's not possible to configure how a debarment works in
terms of what it blocks the patron from doing or to add new ones. I
think it would be a nice addition to have more granular configuration

Hope this helps,


On 19.01.22 12:47, Bruns, Anke wrote:
> Dear Koha list,
> we just stumbled upon the borrower_debarments sql table and are wondering how exactly this works and what can be done with it. However, we find no documentation either in the manual or "out there" on the internet.
> Do you know of any information on the debarment feature?
> I see that there are 4 debarment types (SUSPENSION', 'OVERDUES', 'MANUAL', 'DISCHARGE) which seem to be hardcoded in the db.
> MANUAL is of course the type of debarments set manually by library staff in the patron record.
> - But how can I find out the functioning of the other types - what exactly triggers debarments with type SUSPENSION', 'OVERDUES' or 'DISCHARGE?
> - What other actions are triggered or influenced by such a debarment other than the patron not being allowed to loan?
> - Can I configure this, and can I add more debarment types and determine how they function?
> Thanks for any enlightening hints, and best regards,
> Anke

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