We are excited to introduce our new online catalog! This new system will give us more opportunities to connect with you, our patrons, and for you to be able to search more of our print and digital collections. Here's what you can expect now and in the upcoming weeks:
- An easy way to view all of our new materials
- The ability to search our eBook collections and download them directly
- An option to start saving your checkout history up to two years back
- Text yourself a call number
You will still have access to see your checked out items, renew items, and see what you have on hold. You can log in using your same password and your full library card number instead of a username.
There are two drop-down menus for searching: one for what you want to search and another for what you want to search by. For the first choose either Lake Forest Library (default) or All Member Libraries for many area libraries. Look for eBook & eAudiobooks soon! You can also search by keyword, author, title, ISBN, etc. with the next drop-down menu.
When you get your search results, you'll see some valuable pieces of information right up front. You will see the title, author, format and availability. Our library will always appear first in bold. To find the item just look next to Lake Forest Library under the Call Number column. If the item is not checked in (Main Level, Upper Level, etc.) you can log in and use the Place Hold button to hold the item for you. If you would like to see if it is in another library, click the View more copies... button below our holdings.
Our New Materials
On the main page you will see a sliding image with our new items. The drop down list will let you choose what type of new items you would like to see and also includes items from the NY Times best sellers list. Alternatively, a full list can be found below under New Items.
To start saving your checkout history first log in using your library card number and password (default: patron). Next click on My Account at the top. Under the Personal Information tab choose Preferences and check both boxes at the bottom (Show and Record My Checkout History). Now, anything you checkout will appear in the Checkout History category of the Checkouts tab.
Want to send the location of a book in our library or another library to your phone? Just click on the Text This To Me button next to the item.Put in your phone number and carrier and a text will be sent with the item name, author, and call number!