52 Library Card Uses
Learn how to use a database or computerized catalog: Number 45 in a series of uses for your library card.
The GRRL Catalog
If you spend just a little time exploring the library catalog you will see features to help you make best use of the library's resources. Access your current account by entering your card number and PIN. Your account information includes a list of items checked out, and your list of item hold requests.
Checked Out: Your list of items out includes the due date for each item. You can click the "Due Date" to quickly organize the list and show you which items must be returned soonest. Beside each item is a box. You can extend your loan period by clicking in the box and then clicking the Renew button. (Items on which other patrons have placed holds cannot be renewed.)
Holds: Your Holds list tells you which items are ready to be picked up, and which items are not yet available. You can cancel the request or change the status of a request. This feature is particularly useful if you don't want items to arrive at the library, perhaps because you already have books to read or you are leaving for a vacation. You can click the box beside individual holds, or click the box in the line above your requests to affect your entire list, and then click "Change Status" to delay your holds. This process is simply reversed at your convenience.
Library databases are electronic sources of articles, papers, and information created for the web, organized within broad general categories. The library provides numerous databases, including options for business information, health information, literature, automotive repair, environmental issues, and academic resources to assist students at various age levels. Feel free to talk with staff to find out which databases may be most suited to your information needs, and for tips on how to get good results for your information searches.