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Reserve, renew or return an item

13 October 2016

You can renew or reserve items by logging into your library catalogue account.

If you have any problems while logging in, reserving or renewing your items online then refer to the help pages.

Login to renew or reserve an item





You can renew an item up to seven times. After this it must be returned to a library. You might be able to borrow it again if it has not been reserved by someone else.

You will need to pay a further hire charge if you renew CDs or DVDs.

Remember: There are library charges for overdue books, CDs and DVDs  so make sure that you renew your items if you want to keep them for longer.


You can reserve books, audio books, CDs and DVDs free of charge.

Once you’ve found the item you want to reserve, click on the ‘make reservation’ link next to the item. 

You’ll be asked to choose a pick-up location. When your item is available to collect, you will receive a notification by email or phone depending on the preferred contact method you selected when you registered.

You can cancel your reservation at any time from your account.

If the item you want is not available you can use the Book and Article Request form  to:

  • request a book that is not available in any Essex library; we shall then try to locate and request the book from another library authority.
  • make article requests.

Find out more about charges for requests 

Return items

You can return your items to any Essex library no matter where you borrowed them from.