Answered By: John Salinas
Last Updated: May 23, 2019     Views: 2376

Renewing digital titles works a little differently than renewing physical books from the library. When you renew a digital title, it doesn't extend your lending period; instead, it lets you borrow the title again immediately after your current checkout expires.

The Renew option becomes available three days before a title expires and appears next to the title on your Checkouts page (under your Account). If the title already has holds, you can't renew it, but you can request it again.

Note: Some libraries may not offer the Renew or Request Again features.

How to renew a title

  1. Sign into your Account on your library's OverDrive website.
  2. On your Checkouts page, select the Renew link next to the title you'd like to renew.
    Note: This link will appear three days before the title is supposed to expire.
    The renew link for a borrowed title
  3. Enter and confirm your email address in the renewal form, then select Renew. If you want the title to be automatically borrowed again for you as soon as your current checkout expires (instead of being held for you on your Holds page), make sure that "Automatically borrow this title at the time of renewal" is selected. 
    The renewal form
  4. Once you renew a title, you will see a checkmark and the word Renewed next to that title on your Checkouts page. You can also see which titles you've scheduled to renew on your Holds page. 
    A renewed title on the checkouts page.
  5. As soon as your current checkout expires, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to access the title again. You'll either be instructed to find the renewed title on your Checkouts page (if you had it automatically borrowed for you at the time of renewal) or to borrow the title again from your Holds page.

Please note that renewing a title does not mean that it is automatically re-downloaded to your computer or device. If you'd like to re-download your renewed title, you'll have to go back to your Checkouts page and download it again.

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