The University of Kansas Libraries
When are my library items due and how do I renew them?
An Overdue Notice is sent the first day an item becomes overdue and again at 14 days overdue. Notices are sent twice daily Monday through Friday.
For KU-owned items originally checked out for six weeks or four months, there are no overdue or lost item charges if the items are returned or renewed online or in person within 30 days of the due date. There is a limit of five online renewals after which the items must be returned to the library to be checked out again. Resident Borrowers may renew items online twice.
The exception is for recalled items. All KU-owned items checked out for six weeks or longer are available for recall at any time (including summer and when classes are not in session). The recall notice is sent by email, and you have 14 days from the recall date to return the items. Recalls block your ability to renew the recalled items online or in person.
If the KU item was checked out to you for two weeks or less, it cannot be renewed online, must be returned to the owning library to be checked out again, and is incurring overdue fines as soon as it becomes overdue. However, the overdue fine is not calculated until the item is returned to the library.
To determine whether an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) item can be renewed, contact Interlibrary Loan prior to the due date at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 785.864.3960, or visit the ILL Service Desk on the 2nd floor of Watson Library. If the lending library allows renewals, you will be provided a new due date, typically a one-time renewal of two weeks. If the lending library does not allow the renewal, you will be contacted via email and given a new due that is typically within two days of the email notice. Note that ILL items with jackets that indicate “NO RENEWALS” cannot be renewed and should be returned on time in order to avoid overdue charges.
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