Renewals & Returns
The libraries encourage welcome the use of our collections and extend generous loan periods. We request that you keep your record up-to-date by renewing or returning materials when they are due.
Some library materials may be renewed online.
You can sign in to My Library Record and view list of all the items currently checked out to you and to select items for renewal. (Note: Your barcode number is the number starting “29362” printed on the on the front or back of your Oberlin College ID/library card).
If the renewal is allowed, a confirmation message and a new due date will appear next to each renewed item e.g.: " RENEWED Now due MM-DD-YYYY".
Be sure to note the new due date!
Some library materials are renewed automatically for you two days before the items are due. When this happens, you will receive an email reminding you of the due dates of the items checked out.
Successful renewals will be clear from the updated due dates, and you may have a mix of successful and unsuccessful renewals, so please pay particular attention to the dates in the message.
Some Oberlin College Library materials, such as reserve items, video recordings, and items checked out prior to the March 2020 onset of the covid-19 pandemic may not be renewed online. The renewal is denied with the message: RENEWAL NOT ALLOWED. You may be able to check these out again by contacting the circulation desk.
Some Oberlin College Library materials, such as periodicals and many books, have a limit to the number of online renewals. The renewal is denied with the message: TOO MANY RENEWALS You may be able to re-check these out in person at the circulation desk.
OhioLINK books may have up to six renewals. SearchOhio items may have up to three renewals. Subsequent renewal attempts are denied with the message: TOO MANY RENEWALS
Some media materials from OhioLINK and SearchOhio may not be renewed. The renewal is denied with the message: RENEWAL NOT ALLOWED
If another user is waiting for an item, it may not be renewed. For Oberlin items the renewal is denied with the message: ON HOLD. For OhioLINK items, the renewal is denied with the message: Renewal denied: Item needed at owning library
Some items are not yet renewable because the due date is too far in the future. (Try again closer to the due date for the item.) The renewal is denied with the message: TOO SOON TO RENEW
Contact the circulation staff if you have any questions or for more information.
Please try to return your library material before you leave campus for an extended period of time, once you are finished using it, or after you have been asked to return it because the loan period is exhausted or it is needed by another user. This helps us get it back on the shelf quickly for other users.
You may return material from all branch libraries to the Terrell Main Library in the Mudd Center.
When Terrell is open, return all materials to the large book truck at the Circulation Desk.
When Terrell is closed, use the book drop at the top of the ramp into Mudd Center. If the book drop is full, please return materials to the Campus Safety Office in Dascomb hall, facing Mudd Center.
The Science Library book drop is in the breezeway on the east wall of the science center.
Conservatory Library items may be returned to the book drop in the hallway near the Con Library entrance, the Circ@Central outpost, or the Terrell Main Library.
The Art Library book drop is NOT available. Return all materials to Terrell.
All materials returned to the libraries (including interlibrary loan and OhioLINK) are quarantined for a number of days before being checked-in. Overdue notices generated by the system cannot be turned off, but no fines will be assessed.
While normal wear and tear is to be expected, we will bill users for repair costs caused by unusual or deliberate damage to materials (such as underlining, writing in the margins, missing pages, damage from liquid or food), up to and including the cost of replacing the item.