Posts Tagged ‘Catalog’

Want to Pick Up Your Hold on the Bookmobile?

by Anne Mangano on June 7th, 2017

You’re in luck! You can choose the bookmobile as a hold pickup location right in the catalog.

To put a book on hold (or a movie, cd, art print, etc.), click on the Place Hold button. If you are not logged in, the catalog will ask for your library card number and password. The pop-up window will prompt you to choose a pickup location (downtown for the library building and the bookmobile).

catalogholds-for-patronsIt works very similar if you are looking to put a hold on a specific volume, like the second disc in a television season or the third volume in a comic series. In the same window you pick the volume you want and choose your desired pickup location.


Want to make a change to your hold pickup location? You can do that in the catalog too! Log into your account and click on HOLDS. Under PICKUP LOCATION each hold has a drop down menu listing the place you are currently set to pick up your hold. To change a location, use the drop down menu to pick the desired location and click on UPDATE LIST. ***You can make this change as long as the title doesn’t say “In Transit” or “On Holdshelf.”*** Once we’ve set aside an item for you, it has made it to its final destination.

changeholdspatronsFind more information about the bookmobile and its stops on our website:

Creating a List in the Catalog

by Anne Mangano on January 17th, 2017

The My List option allows you to create a list of items (books, DVDs, CDs, anything in the catalog) that you can reference later. I use it to keep track of books I would like to read at some point, especially since I always max out my holds. You can create multiple lists, so if you want to create a list of mysteries or travel books or holiday cookbooks, you can create a list for each topic.

Adding an Item to a List/Creating a New List

When you found what you want to add to a list, under additional actions, click on the icon of the shopping basket.

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We’re back up and running

by Anne Mangano on August 17th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s online catalog and digital collections are now available, which means you can place that hold, check out a digital magazine, and download your eAudiobook.

We thank you for your patience and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

This morning, these services were down so we could update the operating system on our library system’s server. Our library system is integral to our day-to-day operations. It’s where we keep track of everything in our collection, if an item is on the shelf or has been borrowed. It is what digital services like OverDrive and Zinio reference to lend eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines to you. It holds your library card numbers and keeps track of what you currently have checked out and when the books are due back. It allows you to renew your books, place holds, and use the self-checks. The system also keeps track of our orders for purchased books, paid invoices, and what issue of magazine didn’t arrive so we can contact our vendor. When the library system is down, everything stops. Well, almost everything.

Because it is so important, we want to ensure we are running the most recent software on updated equipment.

Again, thank you.  And we’re glad it’s over.

Make Your Own Wish List in the Catalog

by Heidi Lauritzen on September 10th, 2015

One of my favorite features in the ICPL catalog is the ability to store titles on a wish list.  Too often I find things I want to borrow from the Library, but I am already deep in one book with two or three more in a holding pattern on my nightstand. I get reading ideas from all kinds of sources:  publishers’ fall releases are becoming available all at once, the author line-up for the Iowa City Book Festival is being publicized now, and there’s also the excellent ICPL staff blog “From the Shelves” and the New Materials Lists in our catalog.  What to do when you want to read those titles some day–but cannot commit to placing a hold on them just yet?

In your online account at the Library, make your own personal wish lists in “My Lists”.  You make a direct link to the catalog when you put a title on your list, and then in that rare moment when you are not sure what to read next, check your list and find your next book.  Works for movies and music too!  Here’s how to do it:

Please note:  you must use our “Catalog Classic” with the title/author/subject searches for this feature; unfortunately, My Lists is not acatalogclassicwithedit feature in Catalog Pro–our keyword search catalog.




Find a title in the catalog that you want to save for later, and at the top of the page click on Add to My Lists.

Add to my list with edit


Follow the instructions to login to your account with your library card number and password/pin.

Use the drop-down menu at “Select a List” and choose “Create a New List”.  Name your List anything that will be helpful to you.  My example below is “Movies I Want to Watch”.  Write in a further description of the list if you wish (I left mine blank).

Create List Movies I want to watch with edits





Click on “Submit” and you will get a confirmation that the record has been saved.  This list is now created and available to add more titles to in the future.  It will be a choice when I use the “Add to My Lists” feature.

To retrieve your wish list records later, login to your account with your library card number and password/pin.

Click on “My Lists” and then select the List you want to browse. mylists with edits





In this example, clicking on Movies I Want to Watch will take me to the titles I have saved there, with their links to the catalog so I can see if they are checked in now or not, and the option to Request it (place a hold).

better list of my lists




Please let us know if you would like some help getting started with Your Lists.  I predict that your biggest problem will be lists that get too long!