As of October 10th, 2017 this feature is only available to beta testers.
Need time to get items ready for an item to be picked up, or time to ship the item? Or do you need to check, clean, or inspect items after they go back before out? You can now set a "buffer" before an item can be reserved and after it comes back during which a user cannot reserve the item.
Reservation "Buffers" give you time to prep or ship items for customers. You have two options for reservation buffers that can be set on an Item Type by Item Type basis:
Pre-Reservation Buffer Days: The number of days ahead of time that a reservation is required to be made. A value of 0 means that reservations can be made for the same day. This value is additive with post-loan buffer days.
Post-Loan Buffer Days: The number of days after a loan is returned that it is unavailable to be reserved. A value of 0 means items can be loaned out the same day they are returned. This value is additive with pre-reservation buffer days.
You can set these values using:
Settings -> Inventory -> Edit Item Default Values
and selecting the appropriate item type or setting them for "All Items" (upper right corner). For example, if you do not want to accept
For example, if you do not want to accept "Same Day" reservations (reservations can only start tomorrow), and you need 3 days after the due date to recieve and prepare the item to go out again, you would set a Pre-Reservation Buffer or 1 day (just set it to "1") and a Post-Loan Buffer to 3.
Buffers will show up on individual Item pages on the item availability calendar in grey: