Getting Started

You can search Wichita Public Lbrary’s online catalog from a remote location or from a computer in the library. The library offers many features; for example:

• Searching other libraries and databases

• Saving lists of titles

• Opening a new library account, or updating an existing account

• Requesting items

• Renewing items

• Paying your fines and fees

The library catalog software has been tested with common operating systems and browsers. If you have problems using the online catalog, contact the library.

Note:
The online catalog pages use JavaScript™. You may need to enable JavaScript™ in your browser to display the pages properly. If so, you will see a message at the top of the page when you first access the library catalog. Check your browser settings to enable JavaScript.

More information:

Page Features

RSS Feeds for New Titles

Select a Language

Switch to Large Text

Switch Branches

Return to the Home Page

Logging In

Send a Question to the Library

Privacy in the Library

Page Features

Main menu - Main menu options such as Search and My Account are near the top of the page. Place your cursor over an option to see choices related to the option.

Cover images - On the main page, you may see a rotating series of cover images that represent materials in the library catalog. You can click any image to search for the item in the catalog.

Sides of the page - At the side of each page you may see lists such as new arrivals and seasonal items. Items on the list are often links. For example, you can click a title on a new titles list to search for the title.

RSS Feeds for New Titles

RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds are a method of publishing links to content on a Web site. Your library may provide RSS feeds from the New Titles list to your RSS reader, such as My Yahoo! or Bloglines. The list is updated hourly to show new materials at the library, and the results are sent to your RSS reader. You can click a link to launch a search for the title. If your library provides RSS feeds, an orange RSS icon appears on the New Titles list at the side of the page. (Click What’s RSS for more information about how to set up RSS feeds and where to find readers.)

Click the orange RSS icon to list the RSS feeds in the center area of the page. If you have a Windows-based reader such as SharpReader, you can drag the orange XML icon for each feed you want to your reader. If you have a Web-based RSS news reader such as My Yahoo!, copy the URL for the feed and paste it into the appropriate field on the RSS setup page for your Web location. See your reader’s instructions for specific procedures.

Note:
Internet Explorer 7.0 and later includes an RSS feed reader. If you click the XML icon or the URL for a feed, a page opens where you subscribe to the feed in Internet Explorer. If you prefer to use a different RSS reader, copy the URL for the feed and paste it into the reader’s setup page.

Your feed will supply new titles for the system or branch to which you are currently connected. See Switch Branches.

Select a Language

To select a language other than English, place your cursor over Language at the top of the page to display the list. Click a language. The pages are displayed in the language you selected. You can select a different language at any time during your session, without losing your place.

Switch to Large Text

To switch to a large print version of the catalog, click Large Text at the top of the page.

Switch Branches

To change the library to which you are currently connected, click the arrow symbol by the Switch to another branch list at the top of the page, and select another library from the list. When you switch to another branch, the page appearance and available features may change. If you switch to another branch while you are searching the catalog, the main page is displayed.

Return to the Home Page

To return to the catalog's home page, click on the library’s logo image at the top of the page. To return to the library website, click Library Home at the top of the page.

Logging In

To use some features, you identify yourself by logging in. You log in by typing your library account barcode number and your password. You may set up a user name for logging in, instead of the barcode number.

You remain logged in until you log out. You are logged in for your entire session the first time you use a function that requires log-in. You can also log in for the session by selecting Log In/Register from the My Account menu. Follow these steps to log in for your entire session.

1. Click Log In/Register in the My Account menu.

The log-in form is displayed.

2. Type your barcode number (from your library card) in the Barcode Number box.

The library will accept a user name instead of the barcode. To set up a user name, click Create username.

3. Type your account password in the Password box.

4. Click Log In.

Your name and the Log Out link are displayed at the side of the page when you are logged in.

5. Log out by doing one of the following actions:

• If you are viewing your library account, click the Log Out link at the bottom of the account page, or click Log Out in the My Account menu.

• Click Log Out at the side of the page.

Important:
Logging out protects your privacy. If you are using the online catalog from a public computer, be sure to log out.

Security

The library provides a secure connection for any functions that require your library account barcode and password. The lock icon in the status bar indicates a secure connection. You may receive a security alert message when you first select a function that requires transmission of personal information. You can click Yes to proceed with the function.

Automatic Log-Out

If you are using a computer in the library and you have logged in, you will be logged out automatically after 10 minutes of inactivity. To stop the automatic log-out, click a button, link, cover image, or anywhere in the white area of the catalog page.

Send a Question to the Library

You may send a question to a librarian by e-mail from the catalog, and receive a response by e-mail. A library card is required to use this feature.

1. Click Ask Us on the Library Info menu.

2. Type your library account barcode or user name and password in the appropriate boxes, and click Log In.

The Ask Us form is displayed. If you logged in, the top part of the form shows information from your library account.

3. Type the e-mail address that should receive the response in the Your email address box. Your e-mail address must include the @ symbol and a period (example: jsmith@yournet.com).

You can also supply the date by which you need a response.

4. Type your question in the What is your question area, and click Send.

Your question is sent by e-mail to library staff. A staff member responds by e-mail.

Important:
If you see your name and a Log Out link at the top of the page, you are logged in. Be sure to click Log Out before you leave the computer.

Privacy in the Library

When you have finished working in the library, this procedure protects your privacy. If you have logged in, click Log Out on the My Account menu or under your name at the side of the page. Otherwise, click Library Info or the library’s logo image to end your session.