With a library card from any of the Merlin member libraries you can log into Merlin and then search for items in the catalog to borrow. If you have not already registered for a card with any library in the Merlin system, you can register online for temporary privileges. To check out materials, visit a local library with identification within 30 days to complete your temporary registration and receive full privileges. If you have difficulty accessing a public library you may qualify for library service by mail.
Log into your account with your name and barcode to access to the following information and functions:
The My Reading History feature can be activated with the "Opt In" link in your record. To discontinue the display of your circulation history in your record, select the "opt out" link.
Type the keyword you want to find. For example:
Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of (up to five maximum) other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. Use a double asterisk ** for open-ended truncation (astro* will match astrophysics as well as astrological). You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n, astro**
Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words. Parentheses group words together.
Example : stocks and bonds
Example : (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
|Field limits||A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s). Examples are Author: hill, joe; Title: Pearl; Subject: civil war|
|Grouping||Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.|
When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples on the right will retrieve the same results.
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.
A phrase Search:
"glacier national park"
* Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", etc.).
The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.
? You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.
Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).
Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.
Most relevant titles
Highly relevant titles
Very relevant titles
Other relevant titles
If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.
Use Featured Lists to view lists of items recently added to the collection, downloadable media from OverDrive, and ebooks from Learning Express.
Use the quick links on the home page to view lists of special interest items sorted by date.
Library cardholders may request any of the Merlin library items listed in the catalog. The easiest way to request is to first log into your account. From your account page enter your search locate the item(s) you wish to request.
How to Request a Single Item:
How to Request a Multiple Items:
How to Cancel a Requested Item:
Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.
You can now pay any fine over $2 online using your Visa or MasterCard.
Here is how to get started:
Create lists of records for your patron record.
You can sort your lists, request titles, export records, delete entries, rename lists, and move records between lists.