The Checked Out page displays all titles you currently have on loan. From this page, you can view due dates, renew, rate and comment. Once you return a title, it no longer appears here. However, if you rated the title or added comments, it will appear on the Completed page of My Shelves. You can also use the Save feature to save the title to your shelves or lists. In addition, if you have enabled the Recently Returned feature, all returned titles will appear on your Recently Returned page, so you can keep track of what you've borrowed. Titles on the Checked Out page are in order of due date, with overdue items listed first, and the due date in red.
To renew a title:
- Check the box next to the titles you want to renew.
- Click the Renew button. A popup message will tell you whether your renewal was successful.
From the Holds page, you're able to keep track of the titles you've requested, and where and when they will be available for pickup. By default, titles are sorted by hold position, with those ready for pickup first. If you prefer, you can sort the page by status, title, author or format. You can also cancel and suspend your hold requests. To change the status of a request, check the box next to each title, then click the appropriate button. Cancelled and suspended holds are each shown on separate pages. You can activate suspended holds from the Suspended page. Titles ready for pickup are shown in green. Titles not yet available are shown in red.
Placing a hold
You can place a hold from search results, or from the left sidebar on a title's details page. You can see the circulation status of all available copies, as well as which libraries currently have a title, if you want to pick it up at a specific location. If you need a title in a hurry, use the "On the shelves now at" pull-down list to view locations that have copies available.
The Fines page displays your fines and messages from the library. The default sort order is by fine date. You can also sort by amount or title. You may pay fines in person at any library, by mail or online.
The Recently Returned feature is much like My Reading History in the Classic Catalog. You can turn on Recently Returned when you register (go to My Settings, then Privacy) and start saving titles immediately. Or you can turn it on later and the titles that you checked out after you turned on Recently Returned will be listed. In addition to providing a useful way to track what you've recently borrowed, the Recently Returned page provides a convenient location for adding star ratings, comments and other information.
Multnomah County Library does not keep records of your borrowing without your direction to do so. When you enable the Recently Returned feature, My MCL will gather a list of the titles you borrow, just as it did in the Classic Catalog. The content on your Recently Returned page is visible only to you.
You can disable this feature at any time by unchecking the "Enable Recently Returned" box on the Recently Returned page. This action will permanently erase your Recently Returned history. If you do not enable the Recently Returned feature, no records will be stored.
Saved searches work differently in My MCL than in the Classic Catalog. You can save a search in My MCL and run it anytime, but you cannot mark your searches for email as you can in the Classic Catalog. To save a search in My MCL:
- Enter your search terms, then click Search.
- Sort by either date acquired or published date. Also, you can narrow by format or other criteria.
- Click Save Search.
- Name your search.
If you use an RSS reader, you may wish to subscribe to an RSS feed for that search. (You can subscribe to an RSS feed for any search.) You'll then be notified when there are new items that match your search.
- Click on the orange RSS icon in the lower left corner of any search results page.
- Copy the web address for the search.
- Paste the web address into your RSS reader.
You can print any time you see the print icon. You can print your holds, shelves, search results and more:
- Click the printer icon to reformat the information for printing.
- Click the Print these tab.
The My Shelves pages enable you to keep track of titles you've borrowed or plan to borrow in the future. The Completed shelf is where you can store everything you've read, watched or listened to. In progress is the place for what you are reading, watching or listening to right now. For later is like a wish list, a place to keep track of what you'd like to read, watch or listen to in the future. When you are viewing one of the shelves, use the categories in the left sidebar to zero in on a smaller group of titles on your shelves. For example, you can filter your For later shelf to show only DVDs you'd like to check out.
Adding, moving and removing titles on your shelves
To add a title to your shelves:
- From a title's details page, search results, awards and bestseller lists, or another patron's shelves, click the "Add to My Shelves" link next to the item.
- From the pull-down menu, select the appropriate shelf: Completed, In progress or For later.
- Go to your Completed, In progress or For later shelf.
- Click "Add New Title."
- Search for the title you want to add.
- Click "Add link."
- Search for additional items if needed, and then close the popup window.
Once you've borrowed a title that was on your For later shelf, you'll want to move it to your In progress shelf. Similarly, once you've finished a book that was on your For later shelf, you can move it to your Completed shelf.
To move a title to a different shelf:
- Go to your Completed, In progress or For later shelf.
- Click the "Move to" link.
- From the pull-down menu, click the appropriate shelf.
To remove a title from your shelves:
- Check the box next to the title you want to remove.
- At the top or bottom of the page, click the Remove button to permanently remove the title from your shelves.
Titles remain on your shelves unless you remove them, even if the library no longer owns them. If you remove a title from your shelves, any content you have added, such as a rating or comment, is removed as well, and will no longer be visible if you search for and view that title again.
Changing how titles are displayed
You can customize how titles are displayed on your shelves. This includes specifying whether or not you see images, and the number of items on the page. To change how the titles are displayed, click a different icon at the top of the page: Cover View or List View. To change the number of items on the page, scroll to the bottom of the page, and then select 10 or 25 from the per page pull-down list.
Filtering your shelves
You can further sort the titles on your shelves by using the Narrow Shelf feature in the left sidebar. For details, see Filtering Search Results and Shelves.
Changing the shared view
By default, titles on your shelves are public. You decide how much or how little of your shelves you'd like to share with others. You can change these settings at any time; go to My Settings > Privacy.
To exclude a title from public view, click the Add Detail link to the right of the title to display the pull-down menu, and then click the "Keep private" box. Private titles have a small lock icon next to them.
Rating, tagging and adding comments
Rating, tagging and adding comments are great ways to enrich the library's catalog and to make it easier to navigate your shelves. To rate a title, hover over it on your Completed or In progress shelf and click the star you want. To add comments, tags, or other information, click the Add Details link. You can also rate and add information from a title's details page. Remember that you can always add more to a title you've rated, tagged or reviewed.
For information on the types of information you can add, see the individual help topics on star rating, comments, tagging, summarizing, quotations, age suitability, and content advisories.
You can perform a one-time transfer of your lists from the Classic Catalog to your For Later shelf in My MCL. All your lists will be merged into one list on your For Later shelf; you may want to clean up your lists before moving them over.
- Log in to My MCL
- Hover over My MCL and click "For Later"
- Click on "Import List Items." You will no longer see "Import List Items" after the transfer is complete.
Your lists may take up to 10 minutes to appear on your For Later shelf. Titles will appear sorted by date added, so the last title on your former "My List" will be the first title on your For Later shelf.
A list is a collection of titles related to a specific topic or idea of your choosing. You can share it with other members of the library community or keep it private for your own use.
You will see lists in several places:
- When you browse the details of a title, you'll see links to everyone's lists that contain that title.
- The lists you create are also shared with other users when they view your collection. (Except the lists you have chosen to keep private.)
- Patrons' lists are also featured in the left sidebar of the Recent Activity page.
Note: To track titles you want to borrow in the future, use your For Later shelf. You can add as many titles to a shelf as you like, and apply facets to filter the shelf if you have a large number of titles. For how to import your lists from the Classic Catalog, see My shelves.
Ordering items on your list
By default, each new title you add to a list appears at the top. You can put the titles in any order by dragging and dropping. To move a title, move your pointer over the two headed arrow to the right of it, hold down your mouse button, and drag up or down. You'll see a ghost image of the item as it moves. When the title is where you want it, release the mouse button.
When you follow someone, it means you're interested in what they're reading, watching or listening to. If you're familiar with Twitter, you already understand the idea of following someone.
You can follow someone on a specific topic, such as comedy films, or you can follow all of his or her interests. When someone you follow rates, comments on or adds other content to an item that matches your criteria, that item will automatically appear on your Recently Shared page, under My Community.
When you see a rating or review that you agree with or enjoy, do this:
- Click the arrow next to the patron's name.
- On the pull-down menu, click "Follow."
- In the Follow pop-up, do one of the following:
- Click the first Follow button to follow this person for everything they read, watch or listen to.
- Choose specific categories. The number of categories you'll see depend on whether you began from a specific title in the catalog, or from another page, such as Recent Activity. When you've chosen your categories, click the second Follow button.
Once you begin following another library patron, go to the I'm Following page to fine-tune the follow criteria or remove them from your networks altogether. You will find titles from people you follow on the Recently Shared page, in the Explore section.
About follow criteria
You can precisely customize the type and quantity of recommendations you receive from other library members by carefully choosing your categories. For example, you may wish to follow another member for fantasy fiction, but you may not be interested in that person's taste in children's literature. You can review the categories you have selected for each of you follow on the I'm Following page. Building a set of people to follow is a great way to connect with like minds. Following others creates a whole new way to find the hidden gems in the collections of participating libraries.
The Recently Shared page displays a continuous "feed" of titles from people you follow. If you are familiar with Twitter, you already understand how this works. To follow someone, you select a user, and then specify subjects on which you think they have some expertise, such as humor, cooking, historical fiction, and so on. You can choose categories, or follow the user on all subjects. When that user rates a title, adds a comment, or contributes any other type of content to that title — a video, similar title, summary, age rating, and so on — the title will appear on your Recently Shared page. For example, suppose you are looking for quality books for pre-schoolers and are following Jane C for juvenile fiction. Jane adds Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar to her shelves and gives it a 5-star rating. This book would appear on your Recently Shared page. The feed doesn't just contain highly rated items. Sometimes, knowing that someone you trust dislikes something is as useful as knowing that they really enjoyed it.
How can I get a useful feed?
The key to receiving a good feed of shared items is finding good people to follow. Here are some ideas to get started:
- View the details of a book you loved. If another user shares your opinion, follow them for related titles.
- Find someone who has added a comment you really like, and follow them for similar titles.
When you ignore another user, you do not see comments on bibliographic records, and he or she cannot send you a message. Ignoring a user causes all of their comments to be screened so that he or she does not appear when you browse titles.
Why ignore other users?
This site provides all library patrons and staff with a forum to express opinions about books, DVDs and CDs they like or dislike. People's tastes differ; there may be some opinions you would rather not read.
When you ignore another user, that user isn't notified, nor is his/her ignored status viewable by anyone else. Ignoring a user doesn't affect his/her standing with other users.
Ignoring doesn't have to be forever. Any users you have chosen to block from your view are listed on your Ignored Users page, and can be easily removed from the list.
To ignore a user:
- When you see a comment whose author you would like to ignore, click the arrow next to their name.
- On the menu, click "Ignore."
- A message appears that the user has been added to your Ignored Users list.
To ignore a user after viewing his or her collection:
- At the top of the user's collection page, click "Ignore."
- A message appears that the user has been added to your Ignored Users list.
To stop ignoring a user:
- On the My MCL menu, click "Ignored Users."
- Find the user's name on your Ignored Users page.
- Check the box next to the user's name, and then "Unblock User."
Your Inbox displays broadcast messages from your library, as well as any you have received from other library patrons and staff. You can send a message to any user whose name you see on the site. Just look for their name on the Recent Activity page, or attached to comments on a title.
Note: If you receive personal messages from other members you'd rather not hear from, you can ignore them. When you do so, you won't get any more messages from the person, and you will not see any of their comments or ratings on the site. When you ignore someone, that person is not notified you have done so.
Your holds, fines, recently returned list, inbox, personal tags and private notes are visible only to you. Who you are following or ignoring is visible only to you, as well. Your library will not share this information with anyone, under any circumstances.
If you prefer to continue using the Classic Catalog, you may.
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