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Getting started with the new library catalog

As of July 2020, we’ve switched over to a new catalog interface, which you can access at https://durhamcounty.bibliocommons.com/. All of your account information from the old catalog remains the same, including holds, checkouts, and settings. The new catalog also offers similar functionality to the old one, including searching, requesting items, and managing your account. Here are some pointers for getting started.

Registering your account

To get started, go to https://durhamcounty.bibliocommons.com/. Click “Log In / My DCoL” at the top right, then click the “Log In / Register” button. Enter your existing Durham County Library card number and PIN.

The first time you log in, you’ll be asked to choose a username. After that, each time you come back, you’ll be able to log in with either your chosen username or your library card number – so if you love typing in that 14-digit barcode, don’t worry, nothing has to change. 😉 But many people find the username easier to remember and type. Having a username also means that if you forget your account number or lose your card, you can log in with your username to find the number under “My Settings.”

Searching

From any page in the catalog, you can start a search up at the top right. The default search type is keyword, and that usually works pretty well (click image for a larger view):

You can also use the dropdown to change to a different search type like author or title:

Search with type toggled to author

Once you’ve started your search, you can use the filters on the left to narrow it down by criteria like availability and format. If you’re on a smaller screen, you may need to click to show the filters.

Requesting items

Once you find a book you want, click on its title in the search results list. That will take you to a details page. If the library owns it in multiple formats (like book vs ebook), you can toggle the format with the buttons under the author and title info:

If you want to check out a physical copy of the book, make sure Book is the selected format, then click Place a Hold. Right now, all checkouts are happening through the Library Take-Out! system – more about that here: https://durhamcountylibrary.org/2020/03/durham-county-library-covid-19-update/#takeout. Placing a hold is the way to request any item for pickup. You’ll get a notification when your hold is ready.

Managing your account

For all of your account management options, you can start with the blue button at the top right of the site – it should say Log In / My DCoL if you’re not logged in yet, or your username if you are. If you click that, you’ll see a menu of common tasks like seeing your checked-out or on-hold items:

More about the catalog

Holds and checkouts

Shelves and lists

Setting a preferred location

Hoopla

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