Public Library Launches Automatic Renewal Program

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, along with its affiliated libraries, has launched a new automatic renewals program to enjoy books, DVDs, and other library materials a little longer. All library patrons can expect non-digital items belonging to the library to be renewed automatically one day before they are due (up to 2 times). Patrons will then receive a courtesy email letting them know that their item’s lending period has been extended.

“Our patrons have been asking for this service for some time, and we have listened,” said Johnnie Pippin, Director of PLJCS. “The new program will allow for a more streamlined workflow for staff while providing our patrons the enjoyment of their selections a bit longer.”

How automatic renewals work: All library accounts have been activated to receive automatic renewals. If a library patron has an email address associated with their account, then they will receive a notice via email that lists which items were successfully renewed and which items were not, if applicable. This applies to all accounts that have less than $15.00 due in fines.

Items that are on hold for other patrons or have reached their renewal limit, whether automatically by the system or manually by the patron, are not eligible for automatic renewals.

The library is located at 305 E. Market St. in downtown Smithfield. All services are available during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday – Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

For more questions or more information, call 984-985-BOOK.


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