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Search tips

Multiple words

Searching multiple words retrieves all records containing those words, though not necessarily in the order entered.
Example: garden Pacific Northwest

Phrase searching

Words enclosed in quotation marks will appear together exactly as typed. Example: "world health organization"


* Use the asterisk to find words with similar letters.
Example: inter* will match internal, interrogate, interruption, etc.

? Use the question mark to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Example: wom?n


Limiting a search

From the "View Entire Collection" box, you can limit your search to:

Available items only

Once you have done a search, click on "Limit search to available items" and click "Search" to see only available items.

Advanced searching

With Advanced Search, you can refine your search in a variety of ways:

Save a search

You can save up to 50 of your favorite searches in your Classic Catalog account and rerun the search at any time.

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Search for your favorite author or topic
  3. Click "Save search"

Email updates

You can choose to receive an email whenever a new title is added that matches your saved search.

Click "My account" and click Preferred Searches.

  1. Click the box under Check for email
  2. Click "Update list"
  3. Receive emails every time new titles are added that match

Quick lists

Create a temporary list of items you may want to place on hold.

  1. Do a search.
  2. Click the box by one or more title then click the "Save selected to Quick List" button to save an individual item, or click "Add all items to my list" to save all items listed on the screen.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 as needed.
  4. When you're done adding, click "View my list."
  5. Click "E-mail/print" to send the list to email, print it, or save it to a disk.
    • email: select full or brief display, type in an email address then click submit
    • print: select full or brief display, select screen and click submit then use the browser print button to print
    • save to a disk: select full or brief display, select local disk, then click submit
  6. Click "Place holds on saved items" to place holds on your saved items

Please note: The quick list will be automatically deleted if you have not added to it for 30 minutes. Be sure to email or save it to My Lists if you want to retain it.

My lists

Create wish lists of titles you may want to check out later.

  1. Do a search.
  2. Click the box by one or more titles and click "Add Selected to My Lists."
  3. Log into your account and select "Create a New List."
  4. Name your list and click submit.

Use My lists to:

Log-in problems

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Forgot your password?

To reset your password online, your library account must be current and contain an email address. If you cannot reset your password online, please visit any Multnomah County library.

Contact us about login problems

Reading history

My Reading History is a feature that allows you to save a list of everything that you check out from the library. Your reading history is available only from your account, so library staff cannot look up your reading history. There are privacy implications to consider carefully before saving your reading history.

To set up My Reading History:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Click on "My Reading History."
  3. Click on "Start saving my reading history."
  4. The system will start saving a list of titles beginning with any titles that you check out AFTER you click on "Start saving my reading history." Anything that you checked out before you started saving your history will NOT be on the list.

You can delete some or all of the titles on your list whenever you want. You will see "Stop saving my reading history" after you have turned on the feature, and you can click on this link to stop collecting titles at any time. However, you must delete all of the titles from your reading history before you can opt out of saving your history.

Frequently asked questions about My Reading History

Who will have access to my reading history?
Library staff will not have access to your reading history, since it can only be viewed through your account on the online catalog. Someone would need your library card number and password to view your reading history. However, you should read the privacy warning before you begin to save your reading history.

Is this service going to keep track of only books?
No, this will keep track of everything that you borrow from the library, including DVDs, CDs, books on tape, books, etc.

What happens if I lose my card?
You will not lose your reading history if you lose your card.

Can I delete titles from my list?
Yes, you can delete some or all of the titles from your reading history.

Will it list books that I borrow through Interlibrary Loan?
No, it will not list the title of an interlibrary loan but will simply display "Interlibrary loan."

What happens when the library removes a title from the collection?
If we remove a title from the collection, you will see the message "Information no longer available" instead of the title.