Information Services

How to renew books

A guide to renewing your Library books, including information on how to renew books online.

If another user has placed a request on your book you cannot renew it. Otherwise:

  • Standard Loan books can be renewed for up to 6 months from the initial issue date by undergraduates, alumni and external borrowers before they need to be returned to the issuing Library. Staff and postgraduates can renew Standard Loan books for up to 18 months from the initial issue date.
  • Short Loan or HUB Short Loan books can be renewed for up to 4 months before they need to be returned to the issuing Library.

Logging in to your library account

To renew your books online you must log in to your DiscoverEd account. Your online library account lists the items you have borrowed with their due dates and you can also use it to access your personal e-Shelf.


  • Click on 'Sign in'.
  • Click on the 'University Login Users' option.
  • If you don't know your password please contact the IS Helpline or speak to a member of staff at a Library Helpdesk.
  • Once signed in, click on the drop down arrow next to your name and choose 'My Account'.
  • You will be shown your personal library account which will include any books you have on loan, historic loans, requests you have made, fines and any potential fines if you have overdue books.

Renewing your books

Once logged in to your library account:

  • You can click to 'Renew All' of the items on loan or you can click on 'Loans' and choose a particular item to 'Renew'. Go back and check that each item has been renewed and that the due dates have been changed.
  • Note the due dates of item(s) that have been renewed.

Why can't I renew my books?

  • You cannot renew an item if it has been requested by another user.
  • You cannot renew items if you have fines of over £10 on your library account.*
  • You cannot renew items if they have already been borrowed for the maximum loan period.
  • You cannot renew Reserve or HUB Reserve items.

*Outstanding Fines and Fees are shown on your library account. You can also view potential fines on any overdue books that are still on loan to you.

Are there other ways to renew my books?


  • If you do not have the books with you, you can renew books at any Library Helpdesk. You must have your University of Edinburgh card or library borrower's card with you to do this.

By phone:

  • You can renew book over the phone by contacting the issuing Library. You must have your University of Edinburgh or library borrower's card barcode number to hand.

If there are any blocks on your library record these will need to be cleared before staff can renew books for you in-person or by phone.


If you have any problems when trying to renew your items:

Related Links

Library Regulations