Renewals -- Another Look
Though it's been commented on tangentially upon several occasions throughout this blog, the last time the topic of ILL renewals was specifically and exclusively covered in earnest was September 25, 2008. So, it's about time to re-visit the subject of renewing your ILLiad loans with a quick primer, covering some basic points....
First things, first -- you cannot "renew" an ILLiad loaned item, per se. Indeed, you can only "request" a renewal. It is then up to the lender library to decide whether or not they will grant an extension, and if so, for how long. As such, ILL renewals will not take place in "real time", and there will always be more or less of a delay in the response to your request. This is a distinguishing feature of loans with ILLiad, in contrast with the case of direct checkouts of KSL and OhioLINK items.
Next -- is your loan actually eligible for a renewal request? When you received your original e-mail notification letting you know that your item was ready for pick-up, a line in the text read either "Is this loan renewable? Yes" or "Is this loan renewable? No". When you actually came to sign out the materials, the label on the cover was either marked with "NO RENEWALS" or it was not. Keep in mind that any restriction prohibiting renewals is one that has been indicated by the lending library, not by the KSL ILL staff.
When to request a renewal -- the rule is "within 5 days prior to the original due date". You will be sent an automated "Due Soon" notification at the appropriate time, well ahead of your loan's due date. The first "Overdue" notice will not go out until the day after this date. If you loan has become overdue, you will need to contact KSL ILL staff (see below), since the window of opportunity will have already passed.
How to request a renewal -- you will be instructed to log into your ILLiad account, and then go to the list of "Checked Out Items" (under the "View" section of your Main Menu). From there you will select the corresponding loan transaction number, and when the page opens click (once only) on "Renew Request" at the top. A confirmation message will appear if your request was successful, as long as you submitted it within the appropriate time range. If this link is not present, your loan is not eligible for renewals, for one of the reasons already mentioned above.
But wait -- your renewal is not complete immediately. You will need to be on alert for an e-mail reply message regarding your renewal request, which should normally be sent out within 24 hours. The subject heading will either be "ILL Renewal OK" or "ILL Renewal Denied", and this again is at the discretion of the lender library. Also keep in mind that the new due date assigned (if the renewal was granted) may vary according to the policies of the lender, and cannot be expected to be uniform in all cases (again in contrast to local and OhioLINK direct checkouts).
Finally -- additional renewals are in general not possible with ILLiad loans. Once you have requested your first renewal, you will no longer have the option to request any additional ones for the same transaction via your ILLiad login session, and will need to contact ILL staff for further consideration. (This is why we also warn against "double-clicking" the "Renew Request" link when attempting to make your request--the system is already in the process of acknowledging your initial request, and thinks you are trying to submit a second one immediately thereafter.)
Still have questions or concerns about requesting renewals with ILLiad? Please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONE LAST THING!
If you are student about to graduate, or a soon-to-retire staff member...
ILL staff probably are not aware of this, and will not automatically be able to contact you regarding outstanding loans. If you happen to have an ILLiad book out with a current due date or renewal extension that exceeds beyond the date you will still be a member of the university community, we ask that you please return it to KSL at your earliest convenience. Of course, the same goes for any other local or OhioLINK items you may also currently have checked out.
This will save a lot of future confusion and inconvenience. So, thanks in advance!