New and Improved Catalog Tips and Tricks

The library recently upgraded A few wrinkles are still being ironed out behind the scenes, but you can now search for books, movies and games using a catalog that’s more modern-looking and precise. Whatever you think of the new catalog, we want to hear from you! Use our feedback button as we continue to make improvements with your needs in mind.

Commonly Used Tips & Tricks

Can’t Get Access. Having issues accessing the new catalog? Try clearing your browser’s cache (access a how-to). For those who have bookmarked us, you may also need to delete your bookmark and re-bookmark the site.

Library Card Number/Username/Password. Many of you can proudly recall from memory your 14-digit library card number. Bravo! If you want to use it, you may continue to do so in the new catalog. However, you can now log into the catalog through a unique username and password that you set. This will enable faster access to your account. Note: All new passwords must be numeric (0-9).

My List(s). You can quickly create a list(s) in the new catalog and you can opt for your reading history to be saved. You must be logged in to have a list saved in the new catalog. You must change your preferences (click the Reading History link on the right rail to access this setting) for your reading history to be saved.

Holds/Requests. Whether your request was made in the old catalog or new catalog, most customers won’t notice any changes in the processing of their requested materials (and they don’t lose their place in the queue), though we are seeing some inconsistencies with that. Call Ruth at 785-580-4421 if you encounter issues with your requests.

Paying Fees. Okay, we admit it, even librarians rack up a late fee now and again, but it’s convenient to pay fees in the new catalog. Just log in and click on “My Account” and click “Fees.” You should see a red button to take you to the payment system. Or you may always come in to the library or stop on a bookmobile to pay your fees.

Email and Texts. We already offer pre-overdue and past due email reminders, which many customers take advantage of. You can now receive pre-overdue and past due notices via text messaging. To take advantage of this convenience, you will need to enter your cell phone number and carrier’s name in your account page at Call 785-580-4424 if you want further details about receiving emails and/or texts from the library.

Kids Catalog and Mobile App. If you heard that the new catalog would have a kid-friendly version, you heard right. Second that for a more robust mobile version. We are working out some details with the vendor to make these features do everything we want them to do, based on your needs. Stay tuned. It should be coming within the next few weeks.

Electronic Resources like OverDrive, Freegal Music, Databases, etc. The library has a variety of downloadable/digital media, including ebooks, digital audiobooks, music tracks, research databases and periodicals, most of which require a library card PIN. Check out these resources found under the “Find Stuff” tab in our website’s navigation. All should be working, but if you find one that is not, please tell us via the feedback button.


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5 thoughts on “New and Improved Catalog Tips and Tricks

  1. I changed my username, kept the password, but now can’t sign up online for the summer reading program for “Between the Covers”, adults over 18. Whenever I try to login I get the message that I can’t be found.

    Plus if I login first thur My Account, as I can’t find any place else to login, then I can’t get to the Summer Reading Program; nor can I get back to your home page.

    Perhaps add a selection to get back to our Home page once a person is logged in, and make the Summer Reading Program a selection if a person has logged in first before trying to add their hours, etc.


  2. Hi, thank you for your comment. We like hearing from our customers. We’ve sent you an email w/ more information about how start tracking your books. What are your must-read summer books?

  3. Having trouble even getting into the catalog. When I click on “Find Stuff”, it says “file not found.” So THEN WHAT?

  4. Dorethy, sorry. Passing along the new URL to our new catalog. Let us know if this URL works for you. We changed URL’s when we migrated to the new catalog. Many folks found that the cookies and other browser history stored in their computers needed deleted or they too got the “file not found” message. Your browser may have been directing you to the previous URL because that’s what was stored in its memory. Let us know if the new URL works for you and if problems persist with clicking on “find stuff” and then “search the catalog.”

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