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Renew Library Books: Getting Started

A quick demonstration of how to renew library books using your online library account.


This video will show you how to access your free library account, check your requests, and renew your current loans. To access your account starting from the library homepage, hover your mouse over the login tab and click my library account.

You will be prompted to log in using your UW credentials which will be the same as your email login.

On the overview page, you can quickly view your loans and request. To renew a loan, click on the item you would like to renew.
Here you can see when the item was checked out, when the item is due, and the maximum renewal date. You will receive an email from the library close to your item's due date reminding you to renew or return the item. To renew the item, click on the renew button to the right of the item's details.
To check your request, click the request tab towards the top of the page. Here you will see a list of items that you have requested from the Jim Dan Hill Library as well as other libraries in the UW system. Since I just replaced a request for this book, it is currently being processed by the library staff, and I will receive an email when my book is ready to be picked up at the front desk. I can also choose to cancel this request by clicking this cancel button.
Since your account connects directly to the library catalog you can also create a favorite list of items, save searches, and view a history of your searches. If you click on the search button at the top of the page, you can conduct a basic search by typing in a few keywords. Next you can click the save query button below the search bar to save your search. 
If you find an item you'd like to save for later, you can click the pin button to the right of the record to save the item to your favorites list.
To view the item and the search that you just saved, click the pin image at the top right-hand corner of the page next to your name.
Here you will see your saved items or records, your saved searches, and your search history. Remember your search history will only be saved whenever you are logged into your account while searching in the catalog. It will not be saved if you are not logged in.

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