Library books automatically renew in Southern New England

(WJAR)

If you've been putting off returning an overdue library book, listen up.

Ocean State Libraries, along with Sails Library Network, have introduced automatic renewals for cardholders.

In Rhode Island, that means “all eligible items will automatically renew two days before their due date," while in Massachusetts, books eligible for renewal will be renewed three days before the due date.

“The new due date will be extended from the original due date, adding another loan period. There is no need to sign up for this new service,” according to a post on the OSL website, with the non-profit organization implementing the change on Dec. 10, 2018.

The post also noted some items might not renew for the following reasons:

  • The item does not allow renewals
  • The item is on hold (Another patron is waiting for it)
  • The item has reached its renewal limit (Two renewals)
  • The patron’s card has expired or borrowing privileges have been suspended due to an excess of more than $5 in fines
  • An overdue notice has been sent for one or more items currently checked out
  • If the item could not be renewed, patrons can receive courtesy notices with the due date via email or text before it is due (Courtesy emails are sent to patrons with an email address on their account)

Checkouts from eZone are excluded, as well, and patrons are still responsible for overdue fines for items that are returned late.

In Massachusetts, the practice started in early September 2018.

"We hope this new service will be more convenient and potentially reduce overdue fines," Sails noted.

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