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Catalogue searching
 

How do I do a simple search?
 

The catalogue has a quick search box at the top of the page where you can enter different search criteria such as: author, title, keyword or ISBN. When you search by ISBN you can use either the 10 or 13 digit number. Do not add in the hyphens or spaces when doing an ISBN search.
 

To combine keywords, use AND, OR, NOT. For example, fish AND cooking.
 

However, if you do not get the result you expect, try using the advanced search option instead.
 

How do I do an advanced search?
 

The advanced search provides additional drop-down options for searching the catalogue. You can choose any of the search options listed. To select multiple options hold down CTRL and select.
 

You will have a choice of searching a particular library branch or using the default ‘all branches'. It is also possible to search by format, language, or publication year.
 

Advanced search also offers the opportunity to limit the results to adult, teen or junior stock.
 

How do I search for a subject if I don't know the correct spelling?
 

You can use the asterisk * symbol to truncate a word you wish to search on, for example, *graphy – this is useful if you don't know how to spell a word or can't remember the whole word.

You can also use the ~ symbol after a search word to find terms that are similar in spelling, for example, Tchaikovski~ gets the hit Tchaikovsky.
 

How do I search for an exact phrase?
 

In the quick search box at the top of the screen you can enclose a string of words inside quotation marks; this will match the search to an exact phrase, for example, "end of the game".
 

How do I search by genre?
 

If you are only interested in searching for items in a particular fiction genre, it is possible to limit your search with the advanced search option.
 

In the class box type the abbreviated genre, for instance CRI if you are interested in crime.

You can then make further selections to limit your search, for example, by format or library branch.
 

What are the different fiction genre abbreviations?
 

ADV – Adventure
AF – Adult fiction
CLA – Classics
CRI – Crime
FAM – Family
FAN – Fantasy
GRA – Graphic novels
G&L – Gay and lesbian
HIS – Historical
HOR – Horror
ROM – Romance
SAG – Saga
SCF – Science Fiction
SEA – Sea stories
SHO – Short stories
THR – Thriller
WES – Westerns


How do I search for a music CD by genre?
 

Go to ‘advanced search'.
Select CD from the format list.
Enter one of the abbreviated genre codes into the class box.
 

BOL - Bollywood
CHILD – Children's
CLASS – Classical
SHOW – Films, Shows
EASY – Easy Listening
FOLK – Folk, Country
JAZZ – Jazz, Blues
"NEW AGE" – New Age
ORCH – Orchestral, Instrumental
POP – Pop Music
SOUND – Sound Effects
VOCAL – Vocal, Choral
WORLD – World
 

* Genre codes with more than one word must be entered in speech marks, such as, "NEW AGE".
 

How do I search for a particular genre of DVD?
 

Enter one of the following phrases into the class search box within the advanced search page and select DVD from the format list.
 

BOLLYWOOD - Bollywood
CHILDREN – Children's
COMEDY – Comedy
DOCUMENTARY – Documentary
"FEATURE FILMS" – Feature Films
"FOREIGN FILMS" – Foreign Films
"HEALTH AND FITNESS" – Health and Fitness
HISTORY – History
LEISURE – Leisure
MUSIC – Music
MUSICALS – Musicals
"NATURAL HISTORY" – Natural History
TRANSPORT – Transport
TRAVEL – Travel
"T.V. DRAMA" – T.V. Drama
 

* Genre codes with more than one word must be entered in speech marks, such as,  "FEATURE FILMS".
 

How do I search for teenage stock?
 

To search for all teenage stock go to the advanced search page.
Select Teen from the Target Audience options.
Type TEE or TEE+ into the class box.
 

To search for teenage audio stock:
Select Audio Book from the format options.
Select Teen from the target audience.
Type TEE or TEE+ into the class box. 

 

Your account
 

I've forgotten my PIN how do I request another one?
 

If you have forgotten your PIN you can request a new one online.
 

Reservations
 

How do I make a reservation?
 

Login to your account using your library card number and PIN 
Search the catalogue for the item you require.
Select the item that you wish to reserve.
Click ‘reserve'.
In the ‘Pickup branch' select the library from which you would like to collect the item.
Click ‘reserve' to save the reservation.
 


What is the cost of reserving an item online?
 

Find out the current charges and fines.
 

How do I view my reservations?
 

Login to your account using your library card number and PIN 
Click ‘my reservations'.
 

How do I cancel a reservation?
 

Reservations can be canceled online, but any charges outstanding can only be removed from your account by staff in a branch

Login with your library card number and PIN or username and password.
Click ‘My reservations'.
Select the item that you want to cancel.
Click on ‘cancel' and OK
 

How do I change a reservation?
 

Login with your library card number and PIN 
Click ‘My reservations'.
Click change pick up branch.
Select the branch from which you would like to collect the item.
Click ‘reserve' to save any changes, or click ‘cancel' to cancel any changes.
 

How do I reserve an item that is not in stock?
 

If you cannot find what you are looking for you can submit a request by using the request a book form or by contacting your local library.
 

How do I renew an item?
 

Instructions for renewing library items

 

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