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  • Access your library account
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Renew Books & Other Library Items Tutorial

Renew Books & Other Library Items

Memorial Library at MSU, Mankato is full of great books and other items you can check out, but you may want to keep these materials longer than the date they are due back to the library. In this case, you’ll want to extend, or what we call renew, the amount of time you can keep the items, and avoid overdue fees or delays with class registration.

WarningPlease note: Not all items can be renewed.

Accessing your Online Account

To access your library account, start at MSU's homepage and navigate to the Library's page. 

On the library's homepage find the dropdown menu labelled home to find the link to the library's page

On the Library's homepage, below the MavScholar search bar, click on the link labeled "My Library Account."

on the library home page find the link for my library account

To login, click the "StarID Login" option.

as a student you should use the star ID login page

Then login with your StarID and password (same as for your email).

fill your star id and passwords in correctly and use the sign on button to log in.

Your library account will open on a page called "Overview." It will give brief information about loans checked out, fines and fees, requests, or other messages. To see information about which books you currently have checked out, click on the "Loans" tab.

the main page will shows an overview of your account with loans fines and fees and requests and messages. The loans tab at the top of your overview page will show you specific information about books checked out from the library.

This page will show you all your items on loan, including titles, authors, and due dates.

Each item in your loan area will give item information as well as the due dates.

Renewing All Items:

To renew all of your items, go to the top of the "Loans" page and click the button that says "Renew All."

use the button labeled renew all on your account to renew all possible items in your loans list

Renewing Specific Items:

To renew specific items, check the small box next to the book's title.  Then use the "Renew" button on each line. Or, if you have selected more than one item to renew, use the "Renew Selected"e; button at the top of the page,

check the box next to your item to select the item. then use the renew item button to renew an item. if you have selected more than one item you can use the renew selected item instead.

If your books and materials have been successfully renewed, the due dates will change to reflect the new due date.

If item cannot be renewed, an explanatory message will appear. If you have any issues or questions, feel free to call the Circulation Desk at 507-389-5931

example of an explanatory message when an item can't be renewed. it says item renewed perioed exceeded.

My Book/Item Doesn't Have a Renew Option

Some books may not have a "Renew" button next to the item. If this is the case, you can not renew these items. Some items simply not be renewed online, or else you may have already renewed your materials the maximum number of times. 

This example has no renew button option and cannot be renewed online.

In this case, you will need to physically bring the item back into the library to check back in. If no one else has requested the book or item, most of the time you will be able to check it back out again.

Another way you can renew items is by submitting an email renewal request.


Reply to the Minnesota State Mankato Library Courtesy or Overdue notice to request a renewal. Renewal requests sent by email to must include your name, MavCard barcode or Tech ID, and the item barcodes of the items you wish to renew.

An example of a renewal email complete with name and tech id and item barcode number. item barcode numbers are found on the barcode sticker on msu materials.

The last way you can renew books and other materials is in person.

To do this, bring your MavCard in to the Circulation Desk at the LIbrary and ask staff to renew your library materials. Unliess items are already overdue, you do not need to bring the items to be renewed.

The Circulation desk at memorial library.

You can also renew a book or other items borrowed from a different library, an Interlibrary Loan or ILL, from the same library account pages. 

First, navigate from the Overview of you Library Account. If you wish to see the status of an ILL or cancel the request, click on the "Requests" button. If you want to renew an already checked-out ILL, go to the Loans tab 

Navigate to the Requests page in your library account to see ILL requests and item information. Go to the Loans page to renew already checked out materials

In the Loans tab, the renewal process will be nearly identical as other items. Check the boxes for items you wish to renew, or choose "Renew All" option at the top of the page. 

use the renew selected or renew or renew all buttons to renew your materials.

If you have been successful, a notification should appear immediately stating that a "Renew request has been sent to resource sharing lender and is pending approval." This means we have sent a request to renew the book to the other library. It may take a few days for approval; watch your email for updates on the loan.

a notification will appear saying the renew request has been sent ot resource sharing lender and is pending approval.

Please know that it takes extra time to renew an ILL because we need to contact the other library to extend the due date. If you are close to the ILL's due date, you may not be able to renew!

Student accounts expire the Monday after finals each semester.  Campus accounts often do not update with next semester's registration information until the Friday of finals week.  Therefore it is best to wait until due date to request renewal.  Otherwise system will not actually extend the due date.

If you have any trouble with renewals or your account, please talk to a librarian. 

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