There’s an awesome user feature in our online Catalog called “My Reading History.” “My Reading History” will keep track of every physical item you have checked out from the Library. It will also eMail the list to you. This feature is available to everyone but you must turn the feature on before it will begin tracking items checked out.
To activate “My Reading History,” login to your online account at catalog.icpl.org and click on “Reading History.” If you don’t have a password, or don’t remember your password, please give us a call during Library hours or stop by the Help Desk and we’ll set one up for you.
Once you’ve logged in to the Catalog and selected “My Reading History,” there is a toggle button to Opt In or Opt Out. The default is for accounts to be set-up to “Opt Out” so you must choose “Opt In” for the system to begin tracking your checkouts.
I enjoy browsing through “My Reading History” because it’s a walk down memory lane. Some titles bring back memories of learning to draw with my children (Ed Emberley books are great for this) and favorite books while others remind me about planning a vacation, craft projects and driving in blizzards. I’ve used this feature for nearly 10 years so I have quite a long memory lane cataloged there.
We often get questions about “My Reading History” so here’s the fine print if you have questions or concerns:
Library Staff may not access these lists so they are completely private. It is up to you to activate this feature IF you want the catalog to keep track of the physical items you check out.
If you checked out something you don’t want to keep track of, you can delete the item from your list.
You can choose to Opt Out any time and opt back in later if you choose to.
My Reading History does not track any eMaterials checked out on other webpages like OverDrive and Zinio.
If an item is withdrawn from our collection, it no longer appears in My Reading History.
Some patrons come in hopeful that we track their circulation over time – this usually happens when they can’t remember a book they checked out. We don’t track specific items checked out because of privacy issues. IF the patron turned on My Reading History, the record will be there once they login to their Library Account. In most cases, though, they have not turned this feature on and so the information is not available.
If you wish to Opt In to “My Reading History” and need help, please stop by or give us a call. It’s a nice feature for those who are interested in keeping track of materials checked out over time.