Renewals Policy

You may renew your items unless another patron has placed a hold on the item or the item has been recalled to be placed on Reserve. Items can be renewed online, in person, by phone (515-271-2111), or by emailing It is not necessary to bring the items to the library to be renewed.

Online Renewals

You may renew eligible items online by accessing My Account in the online catalog. See Using Your Online Library Account for information about how to log in and what services are available through My Account.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Renewals

ILL renewals must be requested online through your ILL account. Keep in mind that the ability to renew ILL items is decided by the loaning library, and they might not approve your renewal request. Unfortunately, Cowles Library has no control over another library’s decision to renew an item they have loaned to us. If the loaning library will not allow a renewal, you may resubmit your ILL request, and we will attempt to borrow the same item from another library.