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Renewing library materials

The library places a limit on the number of times a book may be renewed for a couple of reasons. The policy encourages borrowers to return books that they are no longer actively using. Having more books on the library's shelves increases the ability of borrowers to browse the collection and provides more immediate access to materials than our recall system provides. We can also ensure a controlled physical environment for our books, thus aiding in their preservation. As a result of periodic review of loan records, we have fewer missing books when borrowers leave the university.

You can renew books checked out from any Virginia Tech library using My Library Account . Login, view your checked out items, select the ones you wish to renew and click the Renew Selected button. If any items cannot be renewed (because you have reached your renewal limit, or another patron has requested the item) you will be notified with the appropriate error message. (Books checked out from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan may be renewed through ILLiad, if renewals are allowed by the lending library.)

Renewing via text message

You can renew books via text message. You must have opted in to the service first. You can reply to a courtesy notice or overdue notice sent to your cell phone, or send a message directly to the library's short code phone number (35143) with the text renew to renew all eligible items on your account (use My Library Account to renew individual items). You will receive one of two responses:

  • At least one item was renewed successfully.
  • None of the patron's items were renewed.

If you have any questions please contact the Circulation department or call 540-231-6340.

Why materials may not renew

There are several reasons why a book may not renew. They include:

  • You have reached your maximum number of renewals for that book. If you still need the book, you may bring it into the library, check it in, and provided there are no requests for the item, check it back out again.
  • Another patron has requested the book.
  • Your account is blocked due to fines or overdue materials. To resolve the block, you will need to pay fines or return overdue materials.
  • The item selected for renewal is a Storage Journal, Video, DVD, or Optical Disc, which are not renewable.

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My Library Account

Check My Library Account to view all materials checked out to you, due dates, renewal options, awaiting materials you have requested, and any fines you may have.