Ask Lurleen the Librarian: How do I renew my ILB books?

Lurleen the LibrarianDear Lurleen the Librarian,

Why can’t I renew my ILB books through Your Account in Barton?


Dear Anonymous,

Your Account in the Barton catalog is a self-service gateway to the MIT Libraries collections.  Renewing MIT books through Your Account is easy because Barton knows what can/cannot be renewed as per Libraries policies.  Our books, our rules!

For Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB), requests are managed through your ILLiad account.  The books you borrow through ILB do not belong to MIT.  Their due dates (and whether they can be renewed) depend on the library that loaned us the books.  When you request a renewal via ILLiad, the ILB staff can contact the lending library in order to change the due dates.

If you ever have trouble renewing your ILB books, don’t hesitate to contact the ILB staff at

Happy reading!