Library books now automatically renew in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Good news for procrastinators: you no longer have to remember to renew your library books. (Most of the time, anyway.)

Ocean State Libraries, the nonprofit consortium that coordinates loans across Rhode Island's 71 libraries, announced in recent weeks an eligible item will now be automatically renewed two days before its due date if it hasn't been returned.

Library patrons with email addresses began receiving the automatic renewal notices on Dec. 10.

There are exceptions: items will not be renewed if another patron has a hold on it, if it has already been renewed twice, or the patron's library privileges have lapsed or been suspended. Electronic materials checked out from the eZone system are also excluded.

Ocean State Libraries did not immediately respond Monday to questions about the new policy.

Rhode Islanders perform more than 15 million circulation transactions — checking books in and out, renewing them and reserving them — every year, according to Ocean State Libraries. Library cards are free and can be applied for online.

Ted Nesi (tnesi@wpri.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He is a weekly panelist on Newsmakers and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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