Renewals and Recalls
From 4 September 2019
Items may be renewed for further loan periods under certain circumstances. After the last allowed renewal material must be returned to the Library, but may then be borrowed again.
- Items cannot be renewed if a student has outstanding fines of more than €20
- Items cannot be renewed if another reader has recalled the item
- Items cannot be renewed if they are more than two days overdue
- Overdue items must be returned to a Service Counter, not via FastLane
- Readers can only renew items up to the expiry date of their Library Account. After an account's expiry date, it will not be possible to access My Library Account
The Library recommends renewing items online via My Library Account, where the details of the items borrowed and the current return dates are available.
As renewing may be disallowed by another reader recalling an item, it may be prudent to renew books the day before they are due to be returned, to allow time to return the item and not incur a fine.
Items may also be renewed in person by bringing the item to the Service Counter from which they were issued, or via FastLane.
Items cannot be renewed by telephone or e-mail. Please do not ask.
General Lending Items
Staff and students may generally renew General Lending items a total of five times, if the reader's account is in good standing and the item has not been recalled by another reader.
Legal Deposit Items
Staff and postgraduate students may generally renew Legal Deposit items one more time, if the reader's account is in good standing and the item has not been recalled by another reader.
If an item is out on loan to a reader, staff and students can recall it in most cases using Stella Search. Recalls shorten the borrowing period of the item, or stop the borrower being able to renew it.
- Recalled items must be returned within seven days of the recall notice being sent
- Recalled items must be returned to a Service Counter, not via FastLane
Only items that a reader can borrow may be recalled through Stella Search - for example, undergraduate students can recall a Legal Deposit item that is on loan but normally resides in storage as the item is issued to their Library Account when they use it within the Library. However, undergraduates cannot recall Legal Deposit items via Stella Search that normally reside on the open shelves, as they would not normally be issued to their account.
Undergraduates can ask for non-storage Legal Deposit items to be recalled by contacting the Library Recalls Officer. Include contact details, TCD ID number, title of item and shelfmark.
High Demand Items
If an item is in high demand, with multiple recalls placed upon that copy, the borrowing time will either be limited to two days (material from the open shelves) or the item will only be available to be consulted within the reading room (material from storage). This shorter loan period will be communicated to readers when they borrow the item.