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Using the Catalog
Using the Catalog

You can search for materials in the library's catalog 24/7 with or without a library card. However with a library card you gain access to features such as

  • Renewing Items
  • Placing holds on items
  • Checking due dates on items
  • Viewing fines or fees
  • Seeing if items you've requested are in
  • Creating personalized book lists or title lists
  • Keeping track of your reading history and more.

Click here to search the catalog. To learn more about searching our catalog and accessing your account, click on the navigation links below or view the Using the Catalog presentation

Logging In

Catalog Homepage

Beginning Your Search

Analyzing Your Search

Completing Your Search

My Account

Need Help?

Logging In

  • Go to the library's catalog
  • Click on the My Account tab at the top of the page to bring up a menu, then click on Log in/Register
  • For the barcode, type in the 14 digit number on the back of your library card. For the password, type in your pin which is the last four digits of the phone number on your library account.

Catalog Homepage

  • Library Info - contains the catalog homepage, library hours, and the ask a librarian feature.
  • Search - contains other types of searches you can conduct in our catalog.
  • My Account - contains your library account information such as items out, hold requests, and fines.
  • Help - answers questions about our catalog, how to conduct advanced searches, and account information.

Beginning Your Search

  • The quick library search bar allows you to instantly start searching for materials anywhere in the catalog, or by subject, title, author, fiction, or nonfiction.
  • Suggestions will appear as you type to help aid you in your search.
  • Once you search for an item, you can further narrow down your results by the type of item, the publication date, target audience, and more by clicking more search options.

Analyzing Your Search

  • In the search results, main information is listed like the title, author, availability, and call number which is where the item is located in the library.
  • On the right of a result you can choose from 4 options:
        - Where is It - tells you where to find the item in the library, what the call number is,
           if it's checked in, and the material type
        - Full Display - gives you more information about the item such as summaries and
           holds
        - Place Request - allows you to place the item on hold if it's checked out or on order
        - Add to List - allows you to the item to your personalized titles list

Completing Your Search

  • Once you have found the item you want in the catalog, click on where is it to see where it's located.
  • If you don't know where a section is or are having trouble finding the item, on of our staff at the information desk will be happy to help you find it.
  • You can also look on the sides of the bookshelves to see what section it is. Our library is organized as follows:
Upper Level:
       - Adult Fiction, Adult DVDs, Adult Large Print, Adult Reference, Adult Spanish Fiction,
         Children's books and series', Children's biographies and reference, Children's DVDs,
         Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Nonfiction, Magazines, New Adult Fiction and Nonfiction,
         Newspapers
Lower Level:
       - Adult Biographies, Adult Nonfiction, Graphic Novels and Comic Books, Teen
         Magazines, Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

My Account

  • My Records
        - View any messages that are on your account
        - View your contact information and preferences and make changes if necessary to
           your address, email, or phone number. You can also choose whether you would like
           to maintain a reading list of books you've checked out and your preferred contact
           method for library notices.
        - Change your password
  • Items Out
        - View all items you have checked out, their due dates, and renew your items.
  • Requests
        - View items you've placed on hold, where you are on the list, and when they come in.
  • Fines & Fees
        - View any fines or fees on your account and which items they are for.
  • Reading History
        - If you elect to maintain a reading history in your preferences, you will see a running
           list of books you've previously checked out.
  • Saved Searches
        - Keeps track of and saves your search criteria so you can run a quicker search
          without having to reenter your criteria each time.
  • My Lists
        - Create personalized item lists for books you would like to read, books in a series or
           age group, and more.

Need Help?

  • What if the library doesn't have the item I want?
        - You can submit a form to suggest materials, request an Interlibrary Loan, or check
           out the Texshare card program.
  • For more information on accessing your account or getting a library card check out our Using the Library page.
  • Ask a Librarian for help online, by phone @ 972.230.9661, or in person at the Information Desk during regular business hours.