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How do I use the catalog?

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Our catalog works like a search engine: instead of applying search filters like "search by author" or "search by title" before your search, you instead enter as many or as few search terms as you like (title, author, series, etc) and apply the search filters after you search. On the search results page, use the search filters on the left side of the page (Format, Author, Series, etc.) to narrow your search results.  

EXAMPLE: Let's search for books by Stephen King.

After performing a search for stephen king, there are hundreds of results from the library catalog. 

Clicking the Author filter on the left, we then choose King, Stephen:

Each listing will display buttons indicating which formats are available. You can click on any of these buttons to view the title in these specific formats, or click Place Hold to request a copy be sent to the library of your choice:

You can also use the Format filter on the left side of the catalog to sort for books (or Audiobooks, eBooks, etc.) only:

You can continue to filter your search results on the left side of the page until you have the results you want. To sort your search results, use the Sort By drop down menu at the top of the search results.

To browse all items of a particular format, language, etc. without picking a title/author/keyword first, leave the search bar empty and click on the magnifying glass at the right to perform the search. All items in our system will display. You can then use the filters on the left side of the page or at the top to narrow your results as desired.