Friday, April 17, 2015

Did you know?

A question I get asked a lot by patrons at the circulation desk is whether or not I can tell them if the book they're currently checking out is one they've checked out in the past. In other words, "Have I read this before?" If you're someone who reads a lot, keeping track of what you've already read can pose a real problem! I assure you, I'm not a psychic so I can't tell you what you've read in the past, nor does the library automatically keep a record of the books you've checked out, but there's a very easy way for you to do this yourself that doesn't involve pen and paper. Hop over to the library's web site and log into your account (here). Once you're logged into your account, you'll see a link on the left-hand side labeled Reading History:

Click it and you'll be greeted with this screen:

See that Opt In button circled in red? Click it. That's it, you're done! From this point on, everything you check out (excluding ebooks) will be saved in your online account, and you can access a list of those items anytime you're logged by clicking on the Reading History link. Not only is this great for big readers, it's also handy for movie hounds, too! This is what a typical reading history list looks like: 

This list can be sorted by title, author, or date checked out, and can even be exported and printed.

So there you have it. The next time you wonder if the book you're holding is the same one you checked out last year, you now have an easy way to find out.

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