Automated renewals are being introduced to reduce the number of Library fines and to make our service more convenient for readers. From February 2020 we will be trialling a rolling automated renewals process for all 2 week and 4 week loan items.

This will mean that – unless an item is specifically requested by another reader – your Library items will automatically renew twice after their initial loan period has ended, for two or four weeks each time (depending on the loan period of the specific item).

This ensures that readers are not penalised for forgetting to renew items that are not in demand by other readers.


You can place a reservation via the Library Catalogue by clicking the 'request' button next to the item listing.

SHL Catalogue request button

You will be asked to return the item by its next due date and you will be unable to renew or automatically renew the item.

We allow you a three-day grace period once the auto-renewals end, after that you will be fined as usual unless you renew your books.

Yes. Even though your books are renewed automatically, please keep checking the courtesy emails to ensure that no one else has requested your items. (The notices are a courtesy - you are still responsible for loaned items.)

Yes. There is a three-day grace period, after which you will need to keep renewing your books as usual.

This is because we are trialling the automated renewals process and we wish to assess the impact on our existing services.

Yes. Providing that the item has not been requested by another reader and that your Library membership is valid beyond the return date of the book.

Support and feedback

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