Thursday, January 20, 2022

Library now offers automatic renewal of borrowed material

The new year should bring a lot less stress to many patrons of the Plymouth District Library with the new auto renewal program.

Starting this month, any Plymouth District Library item that is due and eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed one day prior to the due date, library officials said. Patrons will receive an email notice with details on which checkouts were automatically renewed.

Library officials said the auto-renewal program will allow patrons additional time to enjoy their materials if no one else is waiting for them; reduce the burden of fines for late return of renewable items and facilitate an easier renewal process on the majority of items for both patrons and staff.

“We are so pleased to offer this convenience to our patrons,” said Library Director Shauna Anderson. “This move is in keeping with the library's values of generosity, collaboration and comfort and supports our goal to promote equity across our community.” 

Eligibility for auto renewal is based on several factors. The patron's account must be in good standing with under $50 in fines and the item may not have any holds/requests on it, she explained. Auto renewal is not available on items that cannot normally be renewed, such as new release movies, Lucky Day books, Cricut cartridges and book club kits. 

Auto renewal is for Plymouth District Library items only and does not apply to items borrowed from other libraries through the MeL system. MeL items may be renewed by clicking on “My MeLCat” at, or by contacting the library for assistance. 

Patrons may still renew Plymouth District Library checkouts on their own by accessing their account on the library website or by visiting or phoning the library. Patrons may also return items at any time and need not wait until the due date.