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Renewals for current members of the University

  • As long as no-one else requests that you return the item(s) you have borrowed, it/they will automatically be renewed.
  • If the book you have out is requested by someone else you must bring it back within 3 days.

 Renewals for Visiting scholars and non-current members of the University:

How do I know when the books are due?

Readers receive an email notice before books are due for return, and on the day when they are due. Books can be renewed online (log in to iDiscover using your CRsID and Raven password -> pick My Library Account), or in person at the issue desk. Renewal instructions and a walk-through is available on our Blog. Please try to renew your books early, and check the date and time of when your book is due. Our books are usually due when the Library closes on any given due date.

How many times can you renew books

  • If you are a current member (staff or student) of the University of Cambridge your book(s) will be renewed as long as no one requests it/them, and until the expiry of your library account/status.
  • If you are a Visiting Scholar or non-current member of the University of Cambridge:

3x online renewals of the loan length of your user group, or until expiry of card (e.g. Visiting Scholars, 4 week loans, can have a book for a total of 12 weeks, renewing a book as many times during this period)

In theory the Divinity Library offers unlimited renewals. However, you can only renew a book for 3x as long as your original borrowing period. During vacation times there is a fixed due date of the first Thursday in next full term. Otherwise, if your loan period is one week, you can renew a book at any time during term time, and the system will change the due date to 7 days from the day of making the renewal.

Reasons why you might not be able to renew

There are a number of reasons why you might not be able to renew one, several, or all the books you borrowed from the Divinity Library, the following will block you:

  • 50 overdue books
  • 2 overdue requested books
  • accrued or accruying fines of £100.01 and higher
  • Fines: These are levied for all readers at 25p per late book, and £1 per late, requested book per working day. Fines can block your account (), which will mean that you won't be able either to renew a book, or borrow books from us.
  • Reservations: All material that is on loan can be reserved via the iDiscover, or at the Issue Desk. Once the book is returned to the Library you will be notified via email and the book will be held for you for two days. Books that have been reserved may not be renewed and must be returned by the original due date.
  • Expiry of your account: sadly, our system is not synced with other University systems.

Please contact us if you cannot renew a book/books and cannot figure out why. We might need to investigate your status to extend your borrowing privileges.