Checking Out & Renewing

Checking Out & Renewing

Checking Out Material

Items may be checked out at the Circulation/Reserve Desk. Loan periods vary by item and by card holder status. Please see the Borrowing Privileges at UCR page for information on which items circulate to your borrowing group, including the length of time for which you may borrow an item. Library users are responsible for all items checked out on their cards, and should not loan their borrowed materials to any other person.

Viewing your Library Account / Renewing Items

Renew items in your MyScotty Account. 

Materials may be renewed twice online unless they have been requested by another borrower. When items reach their third renewal, they must be physically presented with your library card at any UCR Library Circulation desk for renewal. Please return or renew items promptly. Once materials are overdue, you will no longer ba able to renew them yourself and must seek assistance at a Circulation Desk.

Reserve material may not be renewed online or over the phone and must be renewed at the Reserve desk from which they were checked out with your library card.

Unbound journals and uncataloged government documents may be renewed twice by telephone.

Recalls and Holds

Current UC Faculty, Staff, and Students may recall or hold books that are checked out.

  • A recall alters the original due date of a book, requiring the item to be returned sooner. In most instances, the book will be available to you in 7-10 days.
  • A hold on an item without a recall will not change the current due date of that item.

Use the "Place a Hold" option in the Library Catalog (SCOTTY) or contact the Circulation Desk of any UCR Library to place holds and recalls. You will be notified when the item is ready to be picked up.

You may also use the Interlibrary Loan Request system to obtain books that are checked out or unavailable at the UCR Libraries.

Each patron is guaranteed a loan period of one week for books and three days for bound journals. You may receive a notice asking you to bring an item back before the day it is due. This is a recall notice and means that someone else needs the item or the item has been requested for course reserves. It is now due on the date indicated on the notice, normally within a week. Return items promptly to avoid being fined. The minimum recall fine is $11.00 for the first day late, plus $1.00 per day thereafter. If you still need the item, and it is not being recalled for course reserves, you may place a hold on the item to get it back. Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you have any questions regarding recalled items or placing holds.


UCR Library notices are sent by either the U.S. Postal Service or by electronic mail (UCR Faculty, Staff and Students will receive library notices ONLY via their campus email account and are not required to provide a street address to the library). Whichever method you choose, it is your responsibility to ensure the library has your current address. If you prefer to receive email communication at a different email address, please set up email forwarding.

The library sends a courtesy reminder to return or renew your books five days before they are due if you have supplied the library with a valid email address. Overdue notices are sent three days after an item is due. It is the borrower's responsibility to renew or return items by the due date. Failure to receive a courtesy or overdue notice will not prevent billing.

For those without email, you may use the online Change of Address Form to update your postal address information.


Last modified: 9/12/2014 12:09 PM by M. Potter

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