Catalog Tip: Manage Your Library Account

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Screenshot of library catalog My Account sectionIf you have a Fauquier County Public Library card and Internet access, you can access your online account and take advantage of a number of convenient services. With National Library Card Signup month on the horizon, now is a good time to learn more about how to leverage your library account – or how to sign up for a library card.

Manage your library “business”
Not sure if you still have that one book checked out, or wonder if you put a hold on the latest best seller? You can log in to your online account and check due dates; place, freeze and cancel holds; renew items you have checked out; or check to see if you have any pending fines/fees.

Modify your personal information on file (address, e-mail, etc.)
If you have a new e-mail address or would like to get notices sent to your mobile phone, you can update that information online without making a trip to the library.

Get the library’s latest items from your favorite authors
Set up preferred searches to be alerted when new items are added to the collection that cover your favorite topics or are by your favorite authors.

Track books you’ve read
If you want to track the books, movies, etc., that you’ve checked out from the library, be sure to opt in to the library’s Reading History feature. This feature is only available through your online account – library staff do not have access to your reading history.

How do I get an online account?

  1. If you don’t already have a library card, apply for one online or at your local library.
  2. Once you have a library card, click on the My Account/Log In link from the online catalog home page or the My account link on upper right corner of the library’s website.
  3. Enter your complete 10-digit library card number (“20000……”).
  4. Enter or create your Personal Identification Number (PIN).

If you have any problems with your online account, contact us by e-mail or ring your local library branch for assistance.

Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library

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