Make sure that you have registered with your local library and received a library card.
Make sure that you have provided your local library with a valid email address. This will allow you to modify your PIN and receive notices when an item you have requested has arrived or something checked out has become overdue.
If you have not established a PIN, go to the My Account page, enter the barcode from your library card, and leave the PIN field blank. After clicking "submit", you will be prompted to create a PIN. This can be any combination of letters and numbers.
Remember that this login information will also allow you to access our collection of databases, eBooks and digital audiobooks. Make sure to check the HOMEACCESS link on the home page to see your options.
After logging in you will be able to renew books, place holds, and create lists. If you have any questions, please contact your local library.
Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except items with reserves, those on which you owe fines or items with restricted renewal. Check with your local library for further information.
If you do not see a list of items currently checked out, use the "Items currently checked out" link to view the items you have checked out.
Select the items you want to renew by checking the boxes in the renew column and then click the "Update List" button. If you want to renew everything, click the "Renew All" button.
If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "Status" column. Always check the Status column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.
You may print your updated My Account page with new due dates as confirmation.
You can search using keyword, title, author or subject. A keyword search allows you to search across many fields simultaneously.
For example a keyword search for "Lewis + Hudson" would help you locate the book The Hudson: A History by Tom Lewis.
To search for an author you will need to search for last name first. An author search on Lewis, Tom will bring up books by this author.
When searching by title you can omit the intial article or keep it in your search. For example, a title search for "The Hudson: A History" or "Hudson: A History" will both retrieve the item.
This search allows you to search for subject headings assigned to a particular item. If you were to search for "Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.) -- History", you would find this item in addition to other items that have been assigned this subject heading.
Widcards: Words may be truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n
Boolean Operators: Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
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).
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.
Searching Multiple Keywords
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.
Keyword Phrase Searching
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:
"university science department"
Placing Limits on Search
Use some limits to filter out items you may have already checked out or receive results of only items currently available. To apply these limits to a current search, check the appropriate box(s) and click search in the modify search option box.
Advanced search allows you to create complex searches and further control the display of your results.
The Mid-Hudson Digital Download Center (Overdrive) works in conjunction with your local library to provide eBooks and eAudiobooks anywhere you can access the Internet. Please visit the Mid-Hudson Digital Download Center (Overdrive) Help for further assistance.
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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. Saving preferred searches has the added benefit of having the system perform the search for you. Receive an email notification when an item matches your search.
Search for your favorite author, subject, title, or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, or publication year.
When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save as preferred search".
The next time that you log in to your My Account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" link to see a list of your saved searches.
Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
You can be alerted of new materials added to the library collection which match your searches. Just check the "Mark for Email" box and be sure that your patron record information includes your current email address.
You can use "My Lists" to save lists of items that you wish to revisit for later use. The content in these lists is stored until you remove it. In "My Lists", you can create folders to group your stored titles in ways that help you to organize your content. Titles stored in "My Lists" can be viewed and retrieved by loging into your My Account and using the "My Lists" link.
You may receive a security warning if you use Internet Explorer. This is due to the mix of encrypted and non-encrypted content throughout our site - specifically the NextReads newsletters service. Despite the browser warning, this issue does not pose a risk to your computer or data. If you wish to disable this warning, you can do so by going to Tools -> Internet Options -> Security. Select the Security tab and click on the Internet zone icon at the top of the tab page and click on the Custom Level button. In the Miscellaneous section change Display mixed content to Enable.