When you borrow a book at the library, the loan will be automatically renewed if it’s possible – here’s a description of how the procedure works.
An automatic renewal is a renewal that’s made by the system. No one has to do anything, nor you or a librarian. However the system is stopped from doing a renewal of the loan if someone else has made a request for the book, or if the loan period has reached the maximum limit.
It all works like this:
You borrow a book at the Library; the loan period is either 7 or 21 days (depending on if it’s a course book or another book). When it’s two days left of the loan period the systems checks to see if it’s possible to renew the loan, then one of the following scenarios happen:
- No one has made a request for the book – the loan is renewed and you get a new loan period for 7 or 21 days (depending on if it’s a course book or another book).
- The loan cannot be renewed; you will be notified by e-mail and the original due date remains.
If scenario 1 happens, the same procedure will repeat two days before the new loan period ends.
In practice this means that you can keep the book until you get notified by e-mail that it’s time to return the book. But if you are going to use that practice – you need to check your e-mail address regularly, because in the end it’s you who are responsible of returning your books on time.
Text & Picture: Katharina Nordling