How to sign up for My MCL with Library Connect

Sign up for My MCL to place holds on items you want to check out, look at your checked out items, and keep track of items you have read or want to read next. You can also access e-books, online magazines, films and other online resources.

Go to the top right-hand corner of any page on the Multnomah County Library website and click the “Login / My MCL" button, then click “Log In.” 

Login button for My MCL

Enter your Library Connect number and password. Click Log In. If you have a library card with a number that starts with 21168, you can use that number or your Library Connect number.

My MCL login credentials


If you have not logged in before, you will be directed to the account set up page. Click “Continue to Account Set Up.” If you get an error message, please read our troubleshooting guide at the bottom of this page. 

Welcome screen tor My MCL, go to account setup

Review your name, birthdate and email. Click “Continue.” If the information is wrong, you can still continue setting up your online account. Email us to correct your information; ask a librarian to correct it the next time you are in the library; or use update your account.

First My MCL account setup screen

Choose a username. If you are age 12 or younger, choose a color and an animal from a drop down list. If you are age 13 or older, you can create a name of your choice. If someone already has that username, try another one.

When you log in, you can use your Library Connect number or your username.  

Check the box to accept the terms and conditions.

Click “Complete Account Set Up.”

My MCL account setup second screen to pick username

Congratulations! You can now place holds, view your checkouts, pause or cancel your holds, and renew items in My MCL. Students over 13 can also make comments and rate library items.  

Confirmation of account setup in My MCL

We encourage you to reset your password. Click “Forgot Password?” Then check your email for a password reset link.


Wrong username?  

Remember to put the district code before your student ID number. 

If you had a My MCL account before Library Connect, you can login with your username, your Library Connect number, or the number on your library card that starts with 21168. Please contact us if you don’t remember your card number or can’t find your card.

Wrong password?  

Your default Library Connect password is your birthdate in the format MMDDYYYY. Include a 0 if your birthday month and/or day is a single number. For example, if your birthday is March 5, 2011, your password is 03052011.  

If you had a library card before Library Connect, your Library Connect password is the same as what it was for your card. If you have used self-checkout computers at the library, you’ve used the password.  

If you’ve forgotten or don’t know the password, click “Forgot Password?” to get a password reset link sent to your email. If Library Connect is your first library card, the email will be your student email. If you had a library card before Library Connect, this email is the one already in your account. For instance, if your parent set up your card when you were a baby and put down their email address, the link will be sent to that email.