I’m wondering if it would be made possible to display the # of times renewed & # renewals left for each item on the list of checked out titles, as well as if there are hold restrictions placed for a particular book. This way, assuming no requests are being made by another patron, it renders a better estimate how much time is left for each item.
From: an undergraduate student
Nell Chenault, Access Librarian and Head, Media and Reserves Services replies…
You suggest an interesting customization to VCU Libraries’ circulation renewal system, an idea which would benefit both borrowers who wish to renew items and library users with active hold requests waiting for the item to be returned! VCU Libraries explored whether this customization is possible. We found that the 2010 version upgrade of our circulation system software will provide enhancement to the My Library Record “Loan and Renewal” feature to show the current number of renewals to date and remaining renewals at the top level loan list screen.
Currently My Library Record displays both hold request and renewal limit information through the “Loans & Renewals” feature. Select the numbered link next to the title for more details.
- If the title collection cannot be renewed (i.e. course reserves, DVD’s), you will see the message, “No renew permission for item.”
- If you have reached your limit in the number of renewals for that item, you will see “Renewal limit reached.”
- If another user has a hold request on the title, the message “Item has holds” will display.
The email Courtesy Reminder is another source of information for hold requests on a title you have on loan. This notice has a “Requested ?” field for each title, noting whether another user has placed a hold, recall, or booking request. Requests block renewals.
Different patron statuses (undergraduate, graduate, faculty, staff, etc.) and different collections have varying renewal privileges. For information about renewal privileges by borrower category and by collection, see the VCU Libraries Borrowing Privileges Table. For information about renewal methods, limits, and blocks, see Renewing Materials.
If you have questions about renewals, contact any of the VCU Libraries circulation services desks. Thank you for your suggestion!