The new library catalog debuted in November 2017. This new portal to library resources in our system offers some wonderful changes including:

      • More modern search functionality such as numerous options to limit your results
      • A “Did You Mean” feature to alert you to potential spelling errors in your search
      • The ability to preview and directly download digital resources

To access your account, log in with the library card number and PIN that you used with the old catalog. Not quite ready to start using the new catalog? Our Classic Catalog is still available.

Questions? Check out the help topics below or send us an email at info2@cefls.org.

To get started, choose one of these topics.

Important: If you cannot find what you are looking for or need help for any reason, please ask a library staff person.

Finding my way around

Catalog Header with Login Area

Navigating

You can find navigation links in the upper-right corner of the header (1). Click one of these links at any time to log in, go to the My Account page, or go to the My Lists page. You can also click the Home icon (4) to go to the library catalog Home page.

Selecting a language

You can select the interface display language from the Language drop-down (2).

Once you log in, the language you select as your default language in the My Account preferences will become the interface display language automatically (see Preferences).

Keyboard Navigation

The standard library catalog interface is made to be accessed primarily with a mouse. However, if you are more comfortable using the keyboard, you can click here (3) to change to an interface that better accommodates that.

Using the library catalog Home page

Catalog homepage

Viewing Catalog Home page content

The library catalog Home page allows you access to any content the library has set up, such as library announcements, links to websites, etc.

Using book lists

The library can display themed lists of titles that you may find interesting to browse. To view them, select a list from the drop-down (1), and the titles in the list will slowly cycle in the display like a slideshow. To pause the slideshow, click the Pause button (2). Click on any title in the list to bring it up in the display. Use the navigation arrows (4) to move through the list.

You can also click the Find in My Library button (3) to search for the title in your library. Some titles may be too new to be in the library, but be sure to check back later or ask your library staff person if you have trouble finding a title.

Searching for items

Catalog searchbar

Searching with limits

Use the Limits drop-down (1) to limit your search to a specific location or database (like All Libraries, ebooks or downloadable audiobooks, or a specific library, for example), or search “Everything.”

Searching by field

Select a field from the Fields drop-down (2) to search within a specific field (for example, Title, Author, or Subject), or search from “All Fields.”

Using advanced search

If you want more search options to help you find exactly what you’re looking for, click the Advanced Search option (3) to go to the Advanced Search page.

Advanced search

With Advanced Searching, you can search exact phrases (4) or exclude terms from your search (5). For example, if you wanted to do a search on potters but did not want results for “Harry
Potter,” you could search the term “potter” and enter “Harry” in the unwanted terms box.

You can also apply any combination of limits on your search with Additional limits (6), including format type, language, location, fields, availability, and targets.

Once you have set up your search with the terms and limits you want, click the Advanced Search (7) button to get your search results.

Note:
While there are many options to limit your search, there is the likelihood that selecting too many limits will not return any search results.

Working with search results

Search Results

View options

There are two different view options for your search results: List view or Grid view. Click any of these icons to change the view (1).

Sorting search results

After you have received the results of a search, you can sort the results by publication date (ascending or descending), title, or author (2). The most relevant results are then sorted by that option.

Paging

Click the Previous and Next icons (3) to move forward and backward through pages of search results.

Placing a request

Items in your search results that are requestable at area libraries will have a Place Request button (4) that you can click to have an item delivered to your home library and held for you. (For more information, see Placing requests.)

Note:
You can also place a hold on an item by using the Select An Action menu (see Using the Select an Action drop-down menu).

Selecting an action

From the Select An Action drop-down menu (5), you can place holds on items, add items to your My Lists, and email or print item information. Select the items you want from your
search results page by selecting the item check box(es) (6), or use the Select All check box (7) to select all items on the page. Then select the action you want to take from the Select An Action menu. (For details, see Using the Select an Action drop-down menu.)

Downloading ebooks

Some of your search results may return ebooks or downloadable audiobooks. You can easily download them from your search results by clicking the Download link (8).

A window will appear and ask you to log in (if you are not already logged in) and select an ebook reader or format. Select the reader or format you want, and the item will begin to download.

Saving searches as RSS feeds

If you use RSS, you can click the RSS icon (9) to save any of your searches as an RSS feed. This way, you can see updated results of your specified searches through your RSS reader. To take advantage of RSS feeds, you must have an RSS enabled browser or an RSS reader.

Limiting Search Results

Limit Results

Using limits

Limits are organized by fields (like Author, Format, Language, Subject, etc.). You can use limits in one of the following ways:

Click on a limit. By clicking a single limit, you will narrow your search results to meet that limit. For example, if you click on “Books,” your search results will only include items  that are books.
Select a limit or multiple limits to include in or exclude from your search results. You can select one or multiple limits within a single field by clicking the check box next to the limit(s).

If you want to include limits in your search results, click the Include button (1). For example, if you select to include Books and DVDs, your search results will only include books or DVDs.

If you want to exclude limits from your search results, click the Exclude button (2). For example, if you select to exclude Books and DVDs, your search results will include everything but books and DVDs.

Use the More and Fewer options (3) to expose or hide limits within a field incrementally. You can also use the Expand All or Collapse All options (4) to either show all limits in a field, or go back to only showing the first five.

Using the Publication Date limit options

The Publication Date limit has two views: Graph, and Date. You can toggle between the two (5). The Date view works just like any other limit. The Graph view, however, has some other options:

Use the sliders to create a date range (for example, 1971-1990). Then select whether you want to include or exclude that date range in your search results.
Enter a date range in the text box (for example, “1971” – “1990”). If you want the date range to have no end (up to the current time), leave the second text box blank (for example, “1971” – ). Likewise, if you want the date range to go back as far as it can go, leave the first text box blank (for example,   – “1971”). Select whether you want to include or
exclude that date range in your search results.

Removing limits

Any limits you have applied will appear in the “Narrowed by” section. Limits you have included in search results will have a plus (+) sign; limits you have excluded will have a minus (–) sign.

Click the Delete button (6) to remove an individual limit, or remove all limits by clicking the Clear all button (7).

Viewing the details of an item

Detail of an Item

Detail display

When you click on a search result title or image, a new window displays details for that item.

In the catalog data, you might see links (an author’s name, for example) (1) that you can click to begin a new search for that link’s content.

The different sections (2) contain information about item availability, item summaries, reviews, excerpts, etc. Click on the section you want to open and scroll down to view its content. In the catalog data, use the sort icon  – Sort Icon–  to sort items. Click once to sort ascending. Click again to sort descending.

To close the item detail view, click the Close button (3), or click anywhere outside the detail display window.

Paging

Click the Next and Previous buttons (4) to view the detail page of the next or previous item. The order of the items is the same as it is on the search results page.

Placing a request

Items that can be checked out will have a Place Request button (6) that you can click to put the item on hold. (For more information, see Placing requests)

Note:
You can also place a request on an item by using the Select An Action menu (see Selecting an action).

Selecting an action

From the Select An Action drop-down menu (7), you can place a hold on the item, add the item to My Lists, and email or print item information. (For more information, see Using the Select an Action drop-down menu

Downloading ebooks and downloadable audiobooks

If the item is an ebook or downloadable audiobook, you can download it by clicking Download, which would be listed with the other buttons.

A window will appear and ask you to select a format. Select the format you want, and the item will begin to download.

Using My Account

My Account lets you view your checkouts, holds, and any fines you may have. You can also view your personal information, change your PIN, and set up your preferences.

Go to My Account page by clicking My Account from the upper-right corner of the header. If you are not already logged in, the system will prompt you to log in before you can access the My Account page.

My Account

Getting around in My Account

There are five My Account tabs: Personal Information, Checkouts, Requests,  Fines and Additional Information. Click on a tab to open it up.

Understanding the summary box

The summary box (1) gives you a quick view of the number of items you have currently checked out, the number of items you have on hold, and the amount of fines you owe your library. You can click a heading (2) (for example, “Checkouts”) to open the corresponding tab.

Alert icons

Alert icons will appear in My Account when a new action is available to you. For example, if you have a request that has arrived and is ready for you to pick up, you will see an alert icon on your Requests tab and in your summary box next to the Requests heading (3). Alert icons will appear when:

You have overdue checkouts
You have requests that are ready for you to pick up
You have any new or unpaid fines

These topics will explain more about each tab in My Account:

Personal Information

The Personal Information tab has three sections: User information (your name will appear as the heading), Change PIN, and Preferences.

User information

The User information section displays your personal information. If you see something that is inaccurate or outdated, please talk to a library staff person at your library.

Change PIN

Change PIN lets you designate a new Personal Identification Number or password for your library account.

Important: If you have forgotten your PIN, contact your library for instruction on how you can be assigned a new PIN.

Go to the Change Pin section to change your login PIN.

Note:

The PIN should be 4 characters in length.

Preferences

Set up your personal preferences in the Preferences section. You can configure these options:

Default Language lets you select which language you want the system to use when you log in.
Default My Account Tab lets you select which tab  (Personal Information, Checkouts, Holds, or Fines) opens when you access the My Account page.
Default Checkouts View Tab lets you select whether you prefer to see your Library checkouts or your Digital checkouts by default.
Default Holds View Tab lets you select whether you prefer to see your Library requests or your Digital requests by default.
Preferred List lets you select a default My List. When you add a title to your lists, the program adds it to the default list. If you select “no default list”, the program prompts you to select a list. You can create a list to use as your preferred list in the My Lists page (see Adding/Deleting lists).
Preferred Pickup Library lets you select which library you want to use as your pickup library, or the library where you go to pickup holds.

Checkouts

The Checkouts tab has three sections: Digital Checkouts, Library Checkouts, and My Checkout History (currently not used). If you have any overdue items, an alert icon will appear in this
tab.

Digital Checkouts

Digital Checkouts

The Digital Checkouts section displays the downloadable ebooks and audiobooks that you have currently checked out.  The expiration date is listed here for your convenience.

You can click on the title or image of any item to view its detail page.

If you want to renew items, select the items you want to renew (or select them all by using the Select All check box  and then click the Renew button.  You can also re-download an item from this page.

Checkouts

Library Checkouts

The Library Checkouts section displays the items that you have currently checked out. If you have any items that are overdue, they will appear at the top of the list with the alert icon (1).

You can click on the title or image of any item to view its detail page.

If you want to renew items, select the items you want to renew (or select them all by using the Select All check box (2)) and then click the Renew button (3).

Use the sort icon (Sort Icon) to sort items. Click once to sort ascending. Click again to sort descending.

Requests

The Requests shows your current requests, and if you have any holds that are available for pickup, an alert icon will appear in this tab.

Digital Requests

Digital Requests

You can view all of your digital requests in the Digital Requests section. Any downloadable ebooks and audiobooks that are now available for you to download will appear at the top of the list with the alert icon.  You can see your place in the queue (1) and you can click on one or all boxes to cancel your requests (2).

Requests

Library Requests

You can view all of your non-digital requests in the Library Requests section. Any requests that have arrived and are now available for you to pick up will appear at the top of the list with the alert icon (1).  Any suspended holds will appear with a calendar icon (2).

You can click on the title or image of any item to view its detail page.

From this section, you can also cancel a request, edit a request’s pickup location (library), or suspend a request (for example, if you will be out of town for a while). To perform one of these actions, select the items you want (or select them all by using the Select All check box (3)) and then click one of these buttons (4):

Cancel Request(s). After you click this button, a window will open to confirm the cancellation. Click Yes to cancel the request or No to go back.
Edit Pickup Location(s). After you click this button, a window will open where you can select the new pickup location. Click Change to change the location or Cancel to go back.
Suspend Request(s). When you click this button, a window will open with a calendar you can use to select the start date of the suspension and the end date of the suspension. Click Suspend to suspend the request or Cancel to go back.
Cancel Request(s) Suspension. When you click this button, a window will open to confirm the cancellation. Click Yes to cancel the request suspension or No to go back.

Use the sort icon (Sort Icon) to sort items. Click once to sort ascending. Click again to sort descending.

Fines

The Fines tab has three sections: Current Fines/Blocks, Accruing Fines, and Payment History.  If you have any new or unpaid fines, an alert icon will appear in this tab. Fines on overdue materials do not become fixed until the items are returned – until then the estimated amount can be seen in “Accruing Fines.”  You can pay fines in person at your library.

Accruing Fines

Go to the Accruing Fines section to view any accruing fines assessed to your library account. An accruing fine is a fine that is added to over time (for example, for a late book that is fined more every day that it is not checked in past the due date).

Current Fines

Go to the Current Fines section to view any new or unpaid fines.

You can click on the title or image of any item to view its detail page.

You can pay fines in person at your library.

Payment History

You can view a history of any payments you have made to fines in the Payment History section. This section will display the dates you made payments and the amount that was
paid.

Using My Lists

When you find items in Searching that you want to keep and organize, you can save them in your My Lists. You can create and customize your lists, and you can print or email your lists. From My Lists, you can also place holds on items.

My List

Adding items to My Lists

You can add items to your My Lists by using the “Select An Action” drop-down from either a search results page or an item’s detail display.

If you are logged in to the system, you will be prompted to select which of your lists you want to save items to.

If you are not already logged in to the system, any items you add to My Lists will be sent to a “Temporary List.” To access your custom lists, you will need to first log in.

Using your  Temporary List

If you are logged in to the system, you can move items into other lists, or you can save the entire list. In essence, you will be creating a new list out of the items in your Temporary List.

To save your Temporary List, select Save Temporary List from the Select An Action menu (1). A window will open and ask you to name the new list. Enter the name and click Save to save the list or Cancel to go back. If you log out without saving the list, the Temporary List will be cleared.

If you are not logged in, the list of titles will be cleared after your session has expired (about 10 minutes with no activity in the browser). You can log in after you have placed items in your Temporary List to move them to one of your saved lists.

Viewing and arranging My Lists

Your Temporary List and your saved lists are listed in the left-side window under the “Lists” heading.

To view a list, click on it. It will open in the main window.

To arrange your saved lists, do one of the following:

Use the (Grab Icon) icon to drag and drop your lists in the order you want them to appear.
Use the Arrange By drop down (2) to arrange your lists alphabetically (ascending or descending), or by the time they were created (most recent first or oldest first).

Adding/Deleting lists

To create a new list, click the Add List button (4). A window will open and prompt you to name your new list. Enter the name and click Create to create the new list or Cancel to go back.

To delete lists, select the lists you want to remove and then click the Delete Lists button (3).

Viewing and arranging items in a list

You can click on the title or image of any item to view its detail page.

To arrange items in a list, do one of the following:

Use the (Grab Icon) icon to drag and drop your lists in the order you want them to appear.
Use the Arrange By drop down (5) to arrange the items in your list alphabetically (ascending or descending), or by the time they were added to the list (most recent first or oldest first).

 

Selecting an action

First, select the items you want to do an action on, or use the Select All check box (6) to select all items on the page. Then choose the action you want to take from the Select An Action menu (1). (For details, see Using the Select an Action drop-down menu.)

Placing requests

Many items in your library are available for requests.

If you are not already logged in when you try to place a request, the system will prompt you to log in.

A window will appear for you to specify the library where you want to pick up the item when it arrives. Once you have selected the pickup library, click Place Request. The system will tell you if the request was successfully placed or not.

Reasons that a request might not be successful include if an item is very new and your home library doesn’t own a copy, or if an item is non-circulating, such as local history materials.  Ask a library staff person if you are unsure about why your request cannot be placed.

Once you have placed a request on an item, you will be able to see it in My Account under the Requests tab. Most requests are filled within two weeks via our delivery system.  If an request is taking a long time to fill, be sure to talk to the library staff. They can troubleshoot the request and possibly get the item for you from outside our area on interlibrary loan.

Using the Select an Action drop-down menu

The “Select an Action” menu is found on the search results page, on an item’s detail display, and in My Lists. Depending on your library’s configuration, you will see these options in the “Select an Action” menu:

Place Request: This option lets you place a hold on selected items (see Placing requests).
Add to My Lists: This option lets you save selected items to a list. If you are not already logged in, items will automatically be sent to a temporary list (for details, see Using My Lists). You can see this temporary list by going to the My Lists page.

If you are logged in, a window will appear and ask you to specify which of your saved lists you want to add the item(s) to. Select the list you want and click Add.

The system will tell you when items were added successfully, and then you can see them when you go to the My Lists page.

Note:
The “Add to My Lists” option will not appear when you are on the My Lists page.

Email: This option lets you email item information. A window will appear where you can enter the email address where the item(s) information will be sent. If you want to send the email in plain text format instead of HTML, select the option. Click Send Email when you have finished.
Print: This option lets you print item information. The item(s) information will display on a new page in print format. Use your browser’s print option to send the information to a
printer.

The following options will also appear in the “Select an Action” menu on the My Lists page:

Delete Selected: This option lets you remove items from a list. A window will appear to confirm that you want to remove the item(s) from your list. Click Delete to remove the item(s) or Cancel to go back.
Move: This option lets you move items from one list to another. A window will appear for you to select which list you want to move the item(s) to. Click Move to move the
item(s) or Cancel to go back.
Copy: This option lets you copy items from one list to another. A window will appear for you to select which list you want to copy the item(s) to. Click Copy to move the
item(s) or Cancel to go back.

 


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