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How To Use The New Library Catalog

Introduction | Printable QuickStart Guides | Account Information | Search | New Explore Options | New Sharing and Organizing Options | Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

BiblioCommons is the new primary web interface to PLS Libraries' catalog. It enables easy searching, organizing, and sharing of your favorite library materials. It is a shared web service serving over 1 million patrons from more than 40 other libraries across North America besides PLS.

This video will give you an overview of BiblioCommons. You will learn how to perform and narrow searches, place holds, renew items and explore the library collection.

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Account Information

What's Changed?

Your My Account information can now be found under My AnyPL. The My Borrowing section lists all of your current borrowing activity. From here you can:

  • Renew checked out items.
  • Freeze holds (now called Suspend).
  • Check Account Messages.

You can import your Lists from your previous catalog. Simply click the Import List Items button on your For Later Shelf.

Account information can be updated on the Settings page. To change your phone number or to set-up email or phone notifications you now need to contact the library.

A Saved Searches feature will soon be available to edit and manage your searches.

Instead of My Cart, you can now easily add items to your For Later Shelf. These items are saved there permanently and are easily moved to other shelves (e.g. In Progress). Learn more.

What's New?

In registering for the new catalog you can now personalize your experience. This includes:

  • A new easy-to-remember username for logging in and identifying your contributions.
  • Selecting your relevant interest group(s) (e.g. Teacher, Genealogist etc.), which will soon be used to provide you with custom recommendations.
  • Select your Preferred Branches under Settings, to make it easier to see what's available at your branch and to pre-populate your hold pick-up location.
  • A personal landing page that provides an overview of your borrowing (Checked Out, Overdue, Available Holds), up-to-date information about what others have shared, and what is available from your For Later Shelf.

Search

What's Changed?

Access Author and Subject authority records while you search. The autosuggest tool provides 'See' and 'See also' references right where you need them.

What's New?

A better search makes it easy to find exactly what you're looking for:

A smarter keyword search and new limiters allow you to narrow and broaden your search on-the-fly. As well as the standard format, language and publication limiters, you can now narrow results by what's available at your branch, date acquired, author, content type and more. Learn more.

The newAdvanced Search form and Boolean editor allow you to build complex custom searches. Check out the Tips section.

New Explore Options

What's New?

The New Titles carousel highlights the library's newest additions allowing you to easily explore what's just arrived.

The Awards and Bestsellers pages provide lists of the most highly acclaimed works to explore. See what's new on the New York Times Bestseller List right from the catalog.

Get new ideas of what to borrow by Following other users to get updates of what they have Recently Shared. Learn more.

New Sharing and Organizing Options

What's New?

You can now share your knowledge with the library community by adding ratings, comments, tags and more. Take a look at the Community Activity section for The Help to see what others have been saying. Or create a List on any topic to share with others in the library community (e.g. california gardening). Learn more about adding content or creating lists.

What do you like about the library and its services? What improvements would you like to see made? Use the new feedback form to speak directly to us. Once logged in, it's at the bottom of every page.

Your new Shelves (Completed, In Progress, For Later) allow you to keep track of everything you've read, watched or listened to. Add comments and ratings to record or share what you thought of the title. You can even promote your shelf on Facebook or Twitter. Learn more.