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Renewing items from library

How are items renewed?

Four-week loans and seven-day loans are automatically renewed a day before the due date unless:

  • they have been requested by someone else;
  • they have been on loan to you for over a year; or
  • your library account has been blocked preventing you from borrowing or renewing other items.

Your account will be blocked if:

  • you have outstanding charges of more than £15; or
  • items have entered the long overdue process.

In these circumstances the item will not be automatically renewed. You will be emailed and informed that you must return these items or fines will apply.

Desk loan items can only be renewed at the LRC helpdesks.

If you wish, you can renew items yourself at any time provided they meet the conditions above. You can do this in the 'My Account' area on iCat:

First, sign in to iCat using the 'External' sign-in link in the top-right corner (if you are a current student or staff member, use 'Sign in'), then click 'My account' (if you do not sign in first, your account will appear empty). All the items you have on loan will be displayed, with their due dates.

Select 'Renew' or 'Renew all' to renew your loans. The due date for the renewed items will be updated if the renewal was successful, if not, you will see the message "Unable to renew" (see below).

You can also do this using the 'Renew items' option on the self-service machines in the LRCs.

How many times can items be renewed?

Items on your account will continue renewing for a year, unless someone else requests them or your account is blocked. After a year we will email you and request that you return the item or fines will apply.

Items will be renewed from the day of the renewal, so a seven-day loan that has been renewed will be due back seven days after the date it was renewed.

What happens during vacations? 

Four-week loans, seven-day loans and desk loan items continue to be issued and renewed for their normal loan periods over the vacations and during placements.

Your loans will not renew if they have been requested by another borrower or if there is a problem with your account. If you live a long distance from the LRCs we ensure fines on an item are suspended for seven days to provide you with adequate time to return the item. If you do not return the item within those seven days you will be subject to the full fine.

Contact details

Learning resources centres

  • Knights Park:
    020 8417 4214
  • Kingston Hill:
    020 8417 5380
  • Penrhyn Road:
    020 8417 2101
  • Roehampton Vale:
    020 8417 4903
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