Use the Library Catalog
The library catalog offers many features to help you search for items, manage your library account, and request items. You can now create and store personalized reading lists, check your own reading history, and offer purchase suggestions straight from your account. Below are instructions for how to navigate the catalog. Feel free to contact the reference desk at (408) 354-6896 if you have any other questions not answered here.
Managing Your Account
Searching the Catalog
Managing and Creating Lists
Managing and Creating Carts
1. Open the Library Catalog web page, you should login using your library card number and PIN.
2. Through your account: You can see a list of all your current checkouts and holds, view your fines, change your personal details and PIN, edit your privacy settings, make purchasing suggestions, make reading lists, and view/delete your reading history with the Library.
Your Summary: Information regarding your Checked-out materials, Holds and Overdue items (if applicable).
Your Fines: Gives you detailed information about any fines or charges you might have accrued.
Your Personal Details: You can change your contact information.
Change your Password: A place to change your Library Card PIN number.
Your Reading History: If you have your preferences saved to 'always remember' a list of all the books you have checked out will appear here. See below regarding changing your preferences.
Your Privacy:The 'my privacy' feature allows you to decide whether a record of your reading history is stored for you to view at anytime. If you choose not to have your reading history storied you can change your settings here.
Your Purchase Suggestions: Where you can make suggestions to the library for materials you wish for us to purchase,
Your Messaging: Where you can change your messaging settings regarding how the library contacts you.
Your Lists: Being able to create lists of items you may want to borrow in the future, or remember to go back to and look through. Begin by logging into your account and clicking on the 'my lists' tab.
Search History: One of the newest features to the catalog is the ability to browse your search history. Searches will be held until you choose to delete them. They will only be saved if you have logged into your account.
SEARCHING THE CATALOG1. The online catalog offers a variety of ways to search for materials including Key Words, Title, Author, Subject, ISBN, Series, or Call Number.
2. After you have put in your initial search, a list of materials will appear that reflect that search. On the left, you can refine your search to specific authors, the item type, the location, series, and a number of other options. If any of the books are available as an E-Book on Overdrive, a notification will pop up.
3. A list of all materials that fit your search will come up. If there are any e-books from Overdrive, that information can be found at the top of the page. On the left hand side of the page, you can refine your search by current availability, author, shelving location, series, item type and topic.
4. Once you've selected the material you would like locate or learn more information about, click on the title. Make sure to read the descriptions thoroughly, as the e-books are also listed in our catalog and will come up on general searches. For more information on e-book how to's click here.
5. The item record will show up on your screen offering you details about the book. The item record will be at the bottom on the page and indicate it's 'Item Type', 'Current Location', 'Collection', 'Call Number', 'Status' and, if applicable, it's 'Due Date' and 'Hold Status' (if checked out). The Status will tell you whether or not the material is available for check-out, or not. If it is not available you may wish to place a hold on the item.
The 'Current Location' qualifier will inform you where, generally in the library you can find the material (i.e. teen section, DVD's, fiction, etc,.). The Call number is more distinct, and will tell you specifically where the material can be found. Fiction material is organized alphabetically by the last name of the author, while the non-fiction materials are categorized using the Dewey Decimal system by topic and are shelved alphanumerically.
Below is a floor-map of the library where the materials are shelved.
MANAGING AND CREATING LISTS
Lists are a useful tool to compile a collection of materials. You can use this to create lists of books you want to read or check out later. They can also be used to help track citations.
Once you have found the material that you wish to add to your list, click the 'Save to your Lists' option on the right hand side of the page.
A separate pop-up box will appear on the screen, asking you a select a list, or create a new list to add the material too. Once you click 'Save' the box will close. You have now added an item to the list you selected.
You can access your lists, or browse the library lists by clicking on 'Lists' at the top left of the page. From here you can browse the library's selection of public lists, or you can view and edit the lists you have created.
Once you've selected the list you want to view.
MANAGING AND CREATING CARTS
Carts are a great way to group items if you regularly use library services.
Unlike lists, you can only have one 'cart' at a time.
1. To mange and add items to your cart, begin by doing your regular Koha search for materials.
2. Once you've selected the material you want to add to your cart, click on the title. You will see am option on the right hand side to 'Add to your cart'. A pop up notification will appear confirming that the material has been added to your cart.
3. To view and manage your cart, click on the 'Cart' button on the top of the page.
4. A separate pop-up will appear that will show you all the materials in your cart.
From here, there are a number of options:
More Details: Will give you more information about the specific of the book.
Send: You can email a copy of your lists to yourself or your friends with comments.
Download: You can download a copy of your list to make it easy to print or to share. You can save the file as an RIS, BiloTex, ISBN, or MARC download.
Print: Print the list directly.
Empty and Close: Clear the list, and exit out of the drop box.
________________________You can also do the following actions:
(first you must check the left side box for the specific items that you wish to modify).
Add to a list: Search to add material(s) to your list
Request Item: Here, you can place a hold on an item. A second screen will prompt you to confirm your hold for the book. Select 'Place hold' at the bottom of the page.