Renewing items

You can renew your library books using the catalogue terminals in the library, or online via the Web catalogue.
Once you have renewed your books, please check the date the books are due back because:

  • books which have been reserved by other Library users (are on hold) cannot be renewed
  • if another Library user reserves a book that you have borrowed, then we may recall it by sending you an email notice. You must return the item by the date specified on the recall notice.   (7 day or long loan items are due back before mid-night on the due date, or the date specified on the recall notice.)       
  • if there are any restrictions on your Library record then the renewal facility is temporarily unavailable to you
  • 7 day and long loan books can be renewed  up to 18 times if they have not been reserved by someone else.  However after 18 renewals they must be checked-in.  They can then be issued to you again once they have been 'seen' by the Library system and then the renewals limit is re-set to 0.  1 day loan (short loan) books can be renewed up to 10 times (unless they have been booked) and projects can be renewed once only.

Please note that during the Christmas and Easter vacation periods, normal loan periods apply. 
This means that you will need to renew books that are due back during the vacation period. 
If you are not able to renew books because they have been reserved by another library user, then please return them by post, marked for the attention of the Public Services Co-ordinator, Customer Services, Library & Information Services.  No books will be due back during Library closed days. We do not recommend:

  • leaving Library books locked away in residences or your accommodation

  • taking Library books abroad

Renew your books using the Web Catalogue

  1. Go to My Library Record.
  2. Log-in with your university username and password.
  3. Select the items you want to renew by checking the box in the renew column.
  4. Click Renew selected button. If you want to renew everything click the Renew all button.
  5. If you are successful a new date will appear. Remember to make a note of the new date.

Please note:  There may be a disruption in service each morning between 02:00 to 04:00 due to essential systems maintenance - this may prevent you renewing your books during this period.  If this is the case, please try and renew your books again later on.

If you are on placement, study part time or are a distance learner, you can also renew your books by telephone 0121 204 4525 – please have your Library barcode number (printed on your uniCARD) ready and the book barcode numbers (printed below the date stamp label). 

  • If you need to leave a message because the Help desk desk is busy, please make sure you give your details slowly and clearly. Do not assume that the books have been renewed until you receive confirmation.

This also applies to anyone with a disability or other additional need.

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