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You can start a catalog search from The Library's website, or by entering a search term in the box on any page within the Catalog and My Account service.
Searches can include author, title, subject, or keyword -- or any combination of these elements. For example, you could type "Rowling wizards" and receive results for the Harry Potter series, using the last name of the author and a keyword found in the description of these materials. More precise search terms will lead to more refined results. For example, "Rowling Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets" will only pull results for that particular title. A general search for a keyword such as "family" may return many thousands of results.
You can reduce the number of items that are returned in your search results based on several different fields. Click one or more options on the left side of your search results page to limit your results. Choices include options for availability, publication year, language, material format, and more.
If you decide you want to undo one of your choices, click the blue (x) to the right of the selected option.
Anywhere you see the general search box, you will see a link to the
advanced search. Advanced Search is similar limiting your search by one or various factors all at one time. For example, you may choose to do an advanced search if you are very specific about the item you are requesting, or if you believe one of your terms may return incorrect results. For example, if you wanted to see works by an author with the last name "Farmer," you may want to use an advanced search to weed out results for the keyword related to the occupation.
You can choose to include or include materials based on their author,
title, subject, keyword, format, library location, language or year.
You can add multiple "and," "or" or "not" lines by
clicking the buttons for those words.
Once you have found an item you want to borrow, you can have it reserved by requesting it in one of three spots.
1. Click "Request it" on the search results page or the item's descriptive page. This will request the next available item be held for you.
2. "Add item to cart" and request the items that are in your cart. Your cart is a temporary holding place for items you want to review. You can request all items in your cart, or only the ones you select.
You can add a tag to any item in The Library's catalog. For example, if you are working on a project, you may decide to tag all of the relevant materials to that topic. Or, if you are interested in a hobby, you may want to tag items relevant to the hobby. This social function of the catalog helps you, and others, find materials. In essence, you are helping The Library by adding more keywords to our catalog of items. You can then search the catalog by these terms and refine your materials by tags.
In order to tag an item, you must be on the detail page for that material. Scroll to where it says "Community Tags," enter your term in the box and click "Submit."
Once you have submitted your tag, you and other people viewing the catalog will be able to see the tags and add other tags.
You will need to sign up for a free Goodreads account to use this service. Goodreads allows users to write book reviews, create lists, and other interactive features.
Create lists of books you want to read later, favorite materials, etc.
NOTE: You need to have a valid email address listed on your library account to use this feature. If you do not have a valid email listed on your account, please call your local library.
The "My Account" feature allows you to have more control over your library experience.
After logging in, you will see your name at the top of the screen. If you have important messages about your account, there will be an exclamation point. Hover your mouse over the exclamation point to see those messages.
You can change the pickup location before a hold is filled and/or cancel a request. You can also freeze and unfreeze holds.
NOTE: Items will remain frozen until you uncheck the box, or up to 255 days.
Note: Holds cannot be frozen if they can be filled by an item currently available for checkout at The Library. You can place an item in "My Lists" to have easy access to it for later review, or contact any Library location to have a staff member put a frozen hold on that item for you.
Once an item is ready for pickup, your item's status will change to confirm the location and the date by which the item must be picked up. For example, the top two items in the image below are ready for pickup at Kline Library, while the third item is still in queue.
All library fines will list the date the item was checked out, the date the item is due, and the date you returned the item to the library (the date the item was checked in).
You can renew items from your account. Log in to your account. You will see items that have already been renewed and any fees that have accrued. These items can also be sorted by due date.
To renew an item(s)
Note: Most items can be renewed up to 5 times as long as no one else is requesting the item.
"Reading History" maintains a chronological list of items checked out on your library account.
** If you owe $10 or more in library fines and fees, you will not have access to perform a lot of these functions such as placing holds or renewing materials. Basically, "My Account" is frozen **
The ability to receive text message account notifications is now available. Those who choose to opt into this service must agree to the terms and conditions and will receive both text messages and one other form of notification of your choice. There is no option to receive only text messages.
Here are the steps to opt-in to our text-message program:
You may opt out at any time by following the directions listed in the Texting Terms & Conditions agreement.
To opt out from the Dauphin County Library System Alerts, send a text message with the word STOP, STOP ALL, END, QUIT, CANCEL or UNSUBSCRIBE to 82453 or 35143 from your mobile phone and we will unsubscribe you from our service. You will not receive any additional text messages via your mobile phone.
You may also opt out by logging into your patron record and updating your patron record.
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