Renewing & Returning Items

Renewing Items

To renew items, log in to My Library Account in the Library Catalog and select Checked Out Items.

See Checked Out Items for renewal instructions.

Most Library users may renew standard loan UChicago Library items online three times. Once you reach the renewal limit, you must bring the items back to a Circulation desk to borrow them again.

  • Quarterly loans may be renewed starting the Tuesday after the quarter ends.
  • Annual loans may be renewed starting April 1 of the following year.
  • Many Interlibrary Loan items may be renewed once, for one to three weeks.
  • Reserves items, short term loan items, recalled items, and some Interlibrary Loan items are ineligible for renewal.
  • Items that have been billed as lost (see Fines and Lost Items) may not be renewed; lost items must be brought back to a Circulation desk to be checked in and borrowed again.
  • Faculty and Ph.D / J.S.D. students have unlimited renewals.

Why a renewal limit?

Our renewals policy is intended to encourage users to return items they are no longer actively using. This makes more books immediately available for browsing and research by other Library users and also protects the library's collection from damage and loss.

Returning Items

  • All items except Reserves and TechBar items may be returned to any campus library.
  • Reserves items must be returned to the campus library from which they were borrowed. You may be responsible for overdue fines if reserves items are returned to the wrong location.
  • Interlibrary Loan items should be returned with the paper band / wrapper still attached; failure to include the band may delay or prevent the item from being properly returned and removed from your account.
  • TechBar items (laptops, power adapters, etc.) should be returned to the TechBar on the 1st Floor of Regenstein. When the TechBar is closed, items may be handed to Regenstein Circulation staff.
  • Some items include multiple pieces (such as books with maps in a rear pocket, or CDs, films or video games with multiple discs, booklets, or instruction manuals). You must return all pieces associated with an item for that item to be removed from your account.
  • Fragile items, such as CDs, headphones, etc. and oversized items should be handed to Circulation staff rather than placed in a return slot.
  • You may request return receipts for any of your items from Circulation staff when returning them in person. Please ask for a receipt at the beginning of your transaction.
  • After library operating hours, items may be returned to Regenstein by ringing the doorbell and giving the items to the entry control attendant.

Returning Items by Mail

If you cannot return items in person, we accept items sent via U.S. Mail, Fed Ex, and UPS. You may also pay fines by check or provide replacement copies via mail.

  • When returning an item with a due date, take into account shipping time when selecting a shipping method.
  • We strongly suggest selecting a shipping method that allows you to track and confirm package delivery.
  • You should also consider insuring your package, as you are responsible for any items lost or damaged during shipping.

Northwestern borrowers may return UChicago Library items to the Northwestern Main Library Circulation desk; Northwestern staff will ship the items free of charge. However, books will not be checked in until they reach the University of Chicago Library, and patrons are responsible for any overdue fines that may accrue due to transit time (approximately 7 calendar days).

Mailing Address:

ATTN Circulation
The Joseph Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1502