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Renew and Reserve Books Online! | 21-Nov-14

Renew and Reserve Our Books Online! 

Last year we moved to a new library catalogue at the Poetry Library and we are now able to offer self-renewal and reservations online from our website.

Go to the Poetry Library website at and click on Search the Poetry Library Catalogue or go directly to the Poetry Library catalogue at:

Click on My Account or Sign In to start.

After you have logged in using your Library Card number (follow the instructions on the screen and enter the PL that precedes the number - the first time you logon your password will be your library card number) you can view My Checkouts and renew your books.

Changing your Password:
You will need to enter the PL of your library card number in uppercase.

In My Checkouts click on the green arrow alongside the title you wish to renew.
Alternatively click on the tick box alongside the title you wish to renew and click on the blue Renew button.
You can renew your books up to 3 times. We advise that you renew them as close to the date they are due back as possible to get the full 4 weeks each time you renew.
If someone has reserved a book you have on loan you will not be able to renew it.

When you are logged in under My Account you can search the catalogue and make up to six reservations but only on items that are out on loan or already reserved by another borrower.
As you search the catalogue, if an item you want to request is checked out to another borrower there will be a Reservation icon (a page with a green circular arrow) displayed below the short title record or alongside the full title record.
Click on the Reservation icon. A pop up screen will open. Click on the blue Reservation button.
An email will be sent to you and the Poetry Library about the reservation and when the book is available we will let you know by email.
You can view your reservations by clicking on My Reservations under My Account. When a book becomes available it will change from No to Yes. If you change your mind and no longer want a book you have reserved click on the dustbin icon next to the book title.

You can also see your past loans by clicking on My Checkout History.

Please remember to Sign Out when you have finished your session!

If you need further assistance with this service please phone the library on 020 7921 0943 or email us at

Overdue reminders by email rather than letter are also launching shortly - more details soon!

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