Effective Monday, January 4, 2021 auto-renewal service will be enabled for all MAIN library patrons.
Three-day courtesy email notice will inform library patrons of items that are eligible and ineligible for automatic renewal. The notice will also indicate the updated due dates of the renewed items.
Read on to learn more about what this means for you and your patrons. Questions highlighted in blue contain information that the ILS and PR Committees feel should be shared with your patrons.
• Items that have reached their renewal limit
• Items with a hold or outstanding request
• Digital items, such as eBooks
• Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items from library not part of MAIN
• Accounts with fines and fees that exceed $10
Please note that items will be auto-renewed while in quarantine unless the items are checked in prior to beginning the quarantine period adhered to by the local library.
If a library observes this behavior on a regular basis, it is recommended that loan periods be shortened and the number of maximum renewals be increased. For example, fiction books that historically used a 28-day loan period with a maximum of two renewals could instead change to a 14-day loan period with a maximum of four renewals. In this arrangement, the system would be “pinged” twice as often to see if there were any holds on the item before automatically renewing.
If a library takes issue with this consequence of auto-renewal, it is recommended that loan periods be lengthened and the number of maximum renewals be decreased or set to zero. For example, fiction books that historically used a 14-day loan period with a maximum of one renewal could instead change to a 28-day loan period with zero renewals. In this arrangement, the system would never have the option to automatically renew an item since the maximum number of renewals had been set to zero.