Classic Catalog help
Searching multiple words retrieves all records containing those words, though not necessarily in the order entered.
Example: garden Pacific Northwest
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.
- Use and to find items with both words: cats and dogs
- Use or to find items with either word: cats or dogs
- Use and not to find items with the first word, but not the second word: cats and not dogs
Limiting a search
From the "View Entire Collection" box, you can limit your search to:
- materials for children, teens or adults
- items at a particular library
- items in Spanish, Russian, Chinese or Vietnamese
Available items only
Once you have done a search, click on "Limit search to available items" and click "Search" to see only available items.
With Advanced Search, you can refine your search in a variety of ways:
- Use the boxes under "Keyword Search" to combine author, title, and subject keyword searches.
- Use AND, OR and NOT to combine keyword searches.
- Limit your search to available items.
- Use the drop-down menu to narrow your search to material for children, teens or adults; or to search for items at a particular library location.
- Limit by material type such as Book, DVD, Music CD, etc. Limit to multiple material types by selecting one format and holding down the Ctrl key to select additional formats.
- Limit to materials in a particular language.
- Limit to materials published before or after a certain year.
- Sort your search results by date, relevance or title.
- To refine a search you've already done, click "Limit/sort" or "Modify search."
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.
- Log in to your account
- Search for your favorite author or topic
- Click "Save search"
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.
- Click the box under Check for email
- Click "Update list"
- Receive emails every time new titles are added that match
Create a temporary list of items you may want to place on hold.
- Do a search.
- 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.
- Repeat steps 1 & 2 as needed.
- When you're done adding, click "View my list."
- 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
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.
Create wish lists of titles you may want to check out later.
- Do a search.
- Click the box by one or more titles and click "Add Selected to My Lists."
- Log into your account and select "Create a New List."
- Name your list and click submit.
Use My lists to:
- Create different lists for different subjects.
- Add, delete or place holds on items in your lists.
You may not be able to access your account if you do not have one of the recommended browsers below. If you are using a browser not listed below, you can use airpac to access the catalog and your account.
- Mozilla Firefox version 0.8 and higher
- Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7 and higher
- Netscape Navigator version 6.1 and higher
- Opera version 7.0 and higher
For all browsers, please enable java and cookies.
Internet Explorer may require these settings:
- Set security at "medium" or lower
- Set privacy at "medium" or lower
- "Override automatic cookie handling" should NOT be checked
- Content Advisor should NOT be enabled
Forgot your password?
To reset your password online, your library account must be current and contain an e-mail address. If you cannot reset your password online, please visit any Multnomah County library.
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:
- Log in to your account.
- Click on "My Reading History."
- Click on "Start saving my reading history."
- 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 (PIN) 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.