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How many times can I renew a book?

Last Updated: Mar 02, 2016  |  1633 Views
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Most library materials can be renewed 3 times, as long as no one has placed a hold against the title.  The renewal period is 3 weeks.

Interlibrary loan items from Marina can be renewed 3 times as well, but a staff member must perform the renewal for you.  You can call Ask-a-Librarian at 240-777-0001 or ask at any branch.

There are a few categories of material that can never be renewed:

  • Express books. These current bestsellers are not eligible for renewal after the 3-week borrowing period.  They are identified by red B&T spine labels.
  • OCLC interlibrary loan items. OCLC ILL items are not eligible for renewal.
  • Items borrowed on an Educator Card.


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Other Answers / Comments (2)

  1. It would be very helpful if, when we check our account information on the website, it indicated if something we have checked out is not eligible for renewal and the reason (express book, item has a hold, etc). That way we are not surprised when trying to renew something and finding out we can't, and having to run to the library that day to return it.
    by Nels on Jun 22, 2012.
  2. Nels, Thanks for your comment about showing on your account whether items are available for renewal or not. We'll send it up to the technical team. Meanwhile, please know that you can identify Express books, which are ineligible for renewal, by the red B&T label on their spines. Also, if you sign up for Email Notification about your account, you will be reminded three days early about due dates. If you try to go to your library account when you receive the email and find you are unable to renew an item, you have a few days to bring it back.
    by Ask-a-Librarian on Jun 22, 2012.

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