Loan Periods and Renewal Information

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Renewal Information

The Allegheny County Library Association has increased county-wide renewals for all renewable items. In addition to increased renewals all renewals will occur automatically. Patrons will receive a courtesy message informing them that some of their items might be due soon and others might be renewed automatically.

Items that are eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed following a courtesy (due date reminder) notice is generated for the patron. Courtesy notices are only sent by email. Patrons that do not have valid email addresses in their library account will not receive a courtesy notice about their items being due or automatically renewed.

You may also receive courtesy notices by signing up for a third-party text message notification service called Shoutbomb. Patrons can sign up for this by sending a text with their barcode number and PIN to the text notification vendor (for detailed information, go to Library Catalog, click Help in the upper right corner, search for “Text Notification”).

  • Please keep in mind items have different checkout lengths. If an item, you have checked out is requested by another patron it will not automatically renew.
  • Please remember all libraries have some collections that do not accept renewals.  
  • It is very important that patrons monitor their online accounts to verify due dates to avoid being billed for items that have exceeded their renewal eligibility.

To improve library access to all, we ask you to please return your finished items as soon as possible.

Loan Periods

Adult and YA

Non-Renewable ItemsCheckout PeriodRenewal LimitRequestable
Book Stop (bestsellers)3 weeks0no
High Demand Non Fiction3 weeks0no
Media Stop Music CDs (bestsellers)1 week

0no
Media Stop Video Games (bestsellers)1 week0no

Media Stop Audiobooks (bestsellers)1 week0no

Media Stop DVDs (bestsellers)1 week

0no

Board Games3 weeks0no
Vinyl/Records3 weeks0no
Portable Record Players3 weeks0no


Renewable ItemsCheckout PeriodRenewal LimitRequestable
Books3 weeks6yes
Large Print Books3 weeks6yes
Oversize Books & Books with pullout material3 weeks

6no
Magazines1 week6yes*
Audiobooks3 weeks6yes
Playaways3 weeks6yes
Great Courses (audiobooks & DVDs)3 weeks

6

yes

DVDs & Blu-rays1 week6yes
DVDs & Blu-rays over 6 hours3 weeks6yes
Video Games1 week6yes
Music CDs3 weeks6yes
CD ROMs3 weeks6yes
Comic Books1 week6no

*except current display issue

Children's

MaterialCheckout PeriodRenewal LimitRequestable
Books3 weeks6yes
Magazines3 weeks6yes*
CD Kits3 weeks6yes
Story-time Kits3 weeks

0

yes
Brainquest1 week6no
Audiobooks3 weeks6yes
Playaways3 weeks6yes
Playaway Views1 week6yes
DVDs & Blu-rays1 week6yes
DVDs & Blu-rays over 6 hours3 weeks6yes
Video Games1 week6yes

Music CDs3 weeks6yes
CD ROMs3 weeks6yes
e-Readers3 weeks0no
Puppets3 weeks6no
iPads & Launchpads1 week0no

*except current display issue