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Renewing items

You can renew Standard and 7-day loan items (excluding journals).

There are two ways to renew them.


Follow the link from the Library homepage, or login to your account via the My Account link on the Enterprise catalogue to renew your items online. We will also usually send you an email when your books are due which includes a link to your account to renew them. More about renewing your loans online

By phone

To renew your items by phone please call (0118) 378 8770

If possible, please phone 9:00 - 17:00, Monday to Thursday, or 10:00 - 17:00 on Fridays.

Renewal conditions

This service is available providing you do not have:

  • an overdue recalled item
  • an item overdue by more than seven days
  • a bill outstanding for more than seven days

The following items may not be renewed:

How many times can I renew?

Staff and students

There is no limit on the number of times you can renew University of Reading Library items, unless they have been recalled.

For inter-library loan items you can request up to 5 renewals (renewals are at the discretion of the lending library).

Academic visitors and External borrowers

You can renew items up to 5 times before you will need to return the items to the Library, unless they have been recalled.