Renewing & Returning Items
Automatic Renewals for Standard Loans
University of Chicago Library materials on standard loan will be renewed automatically up to their online renewal limit, unless recalled.
Patrons will receive an automatic notice listing all items on standard loan checked out to their account prior to their due date, stating that eligible items will be renewed.
The Library will then automatically renew all eligible items and send further notices listing any items that could not be renewed and should be returned.
Automatic Renewal Limits
For most quarterly borrowers, standard loans will be renewed automatically up to three times. Items that have reached their three-time renewal limit are ineligible for automatic renewal and must be returned before they can be borrowed again.
Faculty and other annual borrowers, as well as Ph.D. and J.S.D. candidates, receive unlimited renewals.
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.
Items Ineligible for Renewal
The following items are not eligible for renewal and should be returned on their due date.
- Course reserve and other short term loan items
- Interlibrary loan items
- Recalled items
- Long-overdue items that have been billed as lost (see Fines and Lost Items)
If you no longer need to consult materials on your account, we encourage you to return them to the Library.
Return in Person
Borrowers may return materials in person to the Regenstein Library, Crerar Library, and Eckhart Library. See the building hours for each on our Library Hours page. There are also external bookdrops available on the west side of Eckhart and outside the Social Work Library. Materials from any library can be returned to all of our return locations.
Return by Mail
If you are unable to return materials in person, you may return them by mail.
The Library will currently pay the ground shipping costs from anywhere in the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) for items that need to be returned by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please contact Circulation.
If you are returning items by mail from outside the contiguous United States, we accept items sent via U.S. Mail, Fed Ex, and UPS.
- 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.
The University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
ATTN: Lib Returns
Chicago, IL 60637-1502