Renewing & Returning Items

Renewing Items

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

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 Monday after the quarter ends.
  • Most Interlibrary Loan and UBorrow items may be renewed once, for one to three weeks.
  • BorrowDirect items, Reserves items, short term loan items, recalled items, and some Interlibrary Loan items may not be renewed.
  • Items that have been declared lost (see Fines and Lost Items) may not be renewed; lost items must be brought back to a Circulation desk to be renewed.
  • 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 TECHB@R 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.
  • TECHB@R items (laptops, power adapters, etc.) should be returned to the TECHB@R on the 1st Floor of Regenstein. When the TECHB@R 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