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Koha Question of the Week: What does No Auto Renew After Mean?

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Question: Within the circulation and fine rule matrix, there is a column marked, No Auto Renew after- what does this control?

Answer: If a library is using the Auto-Renew function on any of their circulation rules, meaning, the column for Auto Renew is set to YES. This "No Auto Renew" option can allow libraries to stop an item from being auto-renewed after a specific number of days from the checkout date.

This No Auto Renewal After limit is a number of days from the checkout date after which one can no longer renew. So a library could set the number of days an item is checked out for, and the number of renews that item gets, but can further control the item by saying, the total number of days that this item can be checked out is X. Which is where a library would put that value in the column "No Auto-Renewal After".

Another way a library could control when items are returned, is another column in the Circulation and Fine rules matrix, the "Hard Due Date". This option allows libraries to set a date at which the item will need to be returned regardless of the checkout period or a number of renewals still allowed to it.

Additional Resources

If you want to dig deeper into the Circulation and Fine rule matrix, here are some other Tutorials that you may find useful:

Monday Minutes: Circulation Rules

Monday Minutes: Circulation Rules Default Values

Monday Minutes: Circulation Rules Default Hold Policies by Item Type

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