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Renewing your library books

Join the library

Upgrading your account

Reviewing and rating items

Reserving an item

Searching the catalogue

   - Quick search
   - Advanced search

 

My Account


Signing in to your account lets you see which books and other items you have on loan, renew your books, update your contact details and view your reservations.


To sign in, use your library card number without any spaces and your PIN number.

 

If you have forgotten your PIN number, please bring a form of ID to a member of staff in any Oxfordshire library.

 

 

Renewing your library books

 

To renew your books sign into your account using your library card number and PIN, or if you have upgraded your account then use your Username and Password. Then go to My Loans. Put a tick in the box for the items you want to renew, then click OK to confirm the renewal. If an item is reserved by another borrower it is not possible to renew it.

 

 

Join the library

 

To register to join the library please click on Join the library  and then complete the online form.

If you are joining from outside the library we will send out your library card within 7 working days.

If you join online in a library you can collect your library card from the counter the same day. You will need to provide ID. Details of our libraries can be found here.

It is possible to be a guarantor for your child. Remember to use your library card number and PIN.

 

Upgrading your account

 

Once you have joined the library you have the option to upgrade your account on this website. This allows you to review and rate books, save your wishlists, share recommendations, and use a username and password rather than a barcode and PIN. Click on Upgrade your account to create a username and password.

 

 

Reviewing and rating books

 

Why not share your thoughts on a book by writing a review? To review an item you'll need to log in with an upgraded account. Click on Add your review and start writing! You can also copy text from a text editor into the review box.

Reviews will be moderated before being published. You can delete or amend reviews you have previously written from the My reviews section.


To rate a title from 1 to 10, sign into your upgraded account and then click on a blank star in an item record. Once you have rated a title you can change your rating, but it is not possible to delete it.

 

 

Reserving an item

 

To reserve an item you will need to sign in to your account, find the item you wish to reserve, and then click on the Reserve Now button. Use the drop-down list to choose which library you would like to collect it from. If you have provided an email address and you have set your preferences to receive email notifications we will email you when your reservation is ready to collect.

reservation charge is payable if you borrow the item you have reserved.

 

It is sometimes possible for us to obtain items from other library authorities via an inter-library loan. Details of inter-library loan charges can be found here. To make an inter-library loan request you will need to sign-in to your account and then complete the inter-library loan form.

 

You can also complete a stock suggestion form – we will consider titles for our stock but cannot guarantee to purchase them. Unfortunately due to the number of stock suggestions we receive it is not possible to let you know the result of this decision. Please check periodically to see if your suggestion has been added to stock.

 

 

Searching the catalogue

 

Quick Search

The quick search is a quick and easy way of finding the information you want from the catalogue. You can use it as a keyword search to find an author or title, even if you can only remember part of the details. As you start to type you will see a list of suggested titles you might be looking for. Titles with special characters such as ! or & may not be found using the Quick Search – instead try the Advanced search.

 

You can use any combination of words from author, title, series or subject in any order. You can also use the keyword search if you can only partly remember details of an item. For example, to find a book on Russia written by Dervla Murphy, enter RUSSIA MURPHY.

 

You can enter up to four keywords, separating each keyword with a space.
The keyword search is particularly useful if you are looking for a particular subject, for example GREENHOUSE GAS, STONEHENGE, or CAKE DECORATING.


Try to make your choice of words as specific as possible; for example, look for STEAM TRAINS not RAILWAYS, or, if looking for a book on roses, use the word ROSE, rather than GARDENING. This will return a smaller list which will meet your requirements more precisely.


However, if you only type in one word (especially if it is a common one) you may get a long and not very helpful list of matches. On the other hand, too many keywords may narrow your search too far; don't be afraid to experiment!

 

Advanced Search

The advanced search allows you to complete a search against a number of specific categories - for example, by author, format, title, a particular library, or publication year. 

To search more than one field in a category such as hardback and paperback for example, simply hold down the Ctrl key and select the options you require with your mouse.

If you would like to see more results then use fewer search fields or use the quick search.