Finding the materials you need, from the comfort of your own home:

This week we wanted to cover accessing your library account from a computer outside of the library. Last week we mentioned that “book report season” is quickly approaching so being able to access your library account from your home is a convenient way to see if the library has materials that may help you!

You can access your library account from any computer as long as you have internet access and a username and password. The username and passwords are issued at each of the BPL branches, so if you have a library card but haven’t set up a username you can visit any branch to do so. Just remember to bring in a valid picture ID!

Start by visiting the BPL’s homepage and clicking on the My Account link on the left-hand side of the page. From there you will be prompted to enter your username and password. Once logged in you have the option to search the catalog, place items on hold, check your fines, and see what you currently have checked out. If you search the catalog and find an item that you would like to place on hold just select the “place hold” link and make sure that your contact and pick up information is current.

A quick note on how holds work: If you place an item on hold online you will be contacted by the library when the item is pulled from the shelf and ready for you to pick up. If you place a hold on an item that is currently checked out or at another branch we will call to notify you, at the number you specified, when the item is available again. This saves you the trouble of coming to the library or calling in to check if the item is ready!