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Tips for using the online catalog

Suspending Requests

Are you going on vacation or too busy to read all of the books you’ve requested, but don’t want to lose your place in queue by canceling your requests? You can suspend your requests using the online catalog, still move along in queue and then remove the suspension when you’re ready for your items!

To suspend a request:

  1. Go to the online catalog and click on the My Account/Login tab.
  2. Log in to your account using your barcode number and your PIN (which is usually the last 4 digits of your phone number.)
  3. Click on “Holds”. You should see a list of your requests.
  4. Click the box next to each request you wish to suspend.
  5. Click on the “Change Status” button at the top or bottom of the list.
  6. All of your selected requests will now have a status of “Suspended”. You will continue to move up in the queue but your request will not be filled until you take the item off of suspension.

To remove the suspension:

  1. Click the box next to each request you wish to take off suspension.
  2. Click on the “Change Status” button at the top or bottom of the list.
  3. All of your selected suspended requests now have a status of “Active”. Your requests will be filled depending on your position in queue.

Using My List

Use “My List” to keep track of books you’re interested in reading, movie or music lists or create a list of items related to your favorite hobby.

To add items to “My List” permanently, you must be logged into your account.

  1. Go to the online catalog and click on the My Account/Login tab.
  2. Log in to your account using your barcode number and your PIN (which is usually the last 4 digits of your phone number.)
  3. Click on the “Search” tab and search for an item. To the right of each item you will see an “Add to My List” button. Click on it to add the item to your list. Add as many items as you like from as many different searches as you like. These items will remain on your list even after you logout.
  4. To access your list, you must be logged into your account. Click on the “My List” link located at the top of the online catalog screen.
  5. To create a new list from “My List” click on the box next to each title you wish to move to a new list.
  6. Click on the down arrow next to “Move to” at the top or bottom of the screen and choose “New List”.
  7. Give the new list a name and click OK. The selected titles will be removed from the “My List” screen.
  8. Click on the down arrow next to “Other Lists” at the top right of the screen. Click on the list name you just created to access it.
  9. Create as many new lists as you like following the same procedure listed above.
Last updated: October 01, 2012
URL: http://www.mhl.org/catalog/tips.htm
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