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Type the keyword you want to find. For example:

  • design
  • bleachers grisham
Search Tips
Wildcards Words may be right-hand 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.

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Advanced Keyword Search Tips

Multiple Words

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.

Phrase Searches

Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.

Examples

A phrase Search:
"university science department"

Wildcards

*   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.

Examples

* Wildcard:
environment* polic*
comp*

? Wildcard:
wom?n

Boolean Operators

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.

Examples

Using Boolean operators:
stocks and bonds
stocks or bonds
stocks and not bonds

Field Limits

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).

Field Limits and their meanings:

  • Author: Search only author fields
  • Title: Search only title fields
  • Subject: Search only subject fields
  • Note: Search only note fields

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.

Most relevant Most relevant titles 

Highly relevant Highly relevant titles 

Very relevant Very relevant titles 

Relevant Relevant titles 

Other relevant Other relevant titles 

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My Account

You can access your account online.

How to:

  • Click on the My Account link.
  • Enter your first or last name and library card number (the 14-digit number on the back of your card).
  • Click on the Login button.
  • View items you have checked out and their due dates.
  • Renew materials.
  • Check the status of your holds or cancel holds.
  • Check to see if you owe any fines; make online payments.
  • View your Reading History
  • Keep Wishlists of items you want to read, view or listen to.
  • View the address and telephone number on file for your account.
  • See the expiration date for your card. Library cards expire every 3 years so that we may verify your contact information.
  • Update your email address.

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Renewals

Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with holds and materials on which you owe fines.

How to:

  1. Log in to My Account.
  2. If not the default view click the "Items currently checked out" link to view the materials you have checked out.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
  4. 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.

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Holds

Library cardholders may place up to ten (10) holds on items. There is no fee for this service. Customer accounts owing unpaid fines or overdue bills of $10.00 or more will be blocked from placing holds.

Types of Holds:

1. Holds on Checked Out Items
  1. These are holds for items that are checked out to other patrons or for items that are still on order.
  2. When the patron places a hold, their name is added to the Hold Queue.
  3. As items are returned to the Library, the hold advances to the next patron in the queue.
2. Holds on "Available" Items
  1. These are holds for items that are currently on the shelf in the Library.
  2. Library staff runs reports and pulls "Available" holds once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
  3. When the item is located on the shelf, staff notify the patron that their hold is ready for pickup.
  4. Be aware that it is possible for "Available" items to be checked out by another patron prior to the staff running and pulling the "Available" holds list. If this happens, your Hold will go into the regular Holds queue. When the item is returned, you will be notified that is it ready to be picked up.
  5. Alternatively, you may call the Information Desk at 817-952-2350 to ask staff to pull an item from the shelf and hold it at the Information Desk for you. These items need to be picked up by the end of the day.

How to place holds:

  1. Log in to My Account, if you haven't already.
  2. Search the catalog for your item.
  3. From the brief record screen click on the orange Place a Hold button. Or from the detailed record screen, click on the Place Hold link near the top left side of the screen. If there is no Place a Hold button or link visible, you are looking at an item that cannot be placed on hold (i.e., reference books, magazines, ebooks, etc.).
  4. Enter your name and library card number.
  5. You will receive a status message telling you if the hold was successful. Reasons a hold request may not be successful include being over the 10-hold threshold or owing fines in excess of $10.00.
  6. You will receive notification via telephone or email when the item is ready for pickup. You must bring the library card that the item was requested under to the library; the item cannot be checked out on other library cards.

How to cancel holds:

  1. Log in to My Account.
  2. If not the default view click the "Holds" link to view the current list of items that you have placed on hold.
  3. Select the holds you wish to cancel by clicking in the box and then click on the Cancel Selected button.
  4. If you wish to cancel all of your holds, click on the Cancel All button.

Where to pick up your holds:

1. In the Library
  1. Once notified, holds may be picked up in the Self Pickup Holds area located in the alcove right next to the Information Desk.
  2. Holds are arranged alphabetically - by the patron last name (first four letters of last name) and then first name (first two letters of first name).
  3. In order to check out your holds, you must have the library card that was used to place the hold(s).
2. At the Drive-Up Window
  1. Once notified that your hold is ready, if you would like to pick it up at the Drive-Up window, call 817-952-2357 at least one hour prior to your arrival.
  2. Holds picked up at the drive-up window are already checked out to you (i.e., the loan period on the item has already started).
  3. At the Drive-Up Window you will need to provide the name that was used to place the item on hold.
  4. You will need to present the library card or provide the 4-dgit code that was given to you.

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Fines

You can make online payments of fines/fees over $5 using your Visa or MasterCard.

Here is how to get started:

  1. Log in to My Account.
  2. Select the amount in unpaid fines and bills.
  3. Select "PAY ONLINE".
  4. Select the fines that you wish to pay, complete all of the relevant information and click submit.
  5. A confirmation page will appear next. You can print a copy of your receipt at this time and/or click OK. If you have a valid email address, receipt of payment will be sent to the address you entered in step 4.

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Reading History

Reading History is an optional service that allows you to track what you have checked out from the library. After enabling Reading History the system will start collecting a list of items you checkout from that time forward. Items currently checked out will not appear on your reading history. Items no longer owned by the library will not appear on your list. Once items have been deleted from Reading History they cannot be restored. Library staff does not have access to your Reading History.

Here is how to get started:

  1. Log into your account.
  2. Select the link that says "Reading History".
  3. Click on the "Opt In" button

You may discontinue this service at anytime by deleting all the items in your list and clicking on the "Opt Out" button.

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Wishlists

There are two ways to save items to a list.

1. Wishlists

The Wishlists feature is an optional service that allows you to create, save and manage lists of books, movies, etc. You can use it to make a wishlist of items you would like to read/watch/listen or maybe to share with a friend. Wishlists are saved within your account so that you can access them at any time.

Here is how to get started:

  1. Do a search like you normally would.
  2. On the brief search results screen click the blue "Add to Wishlist" button next to each item you'd like to save. Or when you are viewing an individual record click the "Add to Wishlist" link at the top of the screen.
  3. You will then be prompted to login if you haven't already.
  4. Select one of your lists, or create a new list.
Whenever you want to access your Wishlist just login to My Account and click the "Wishlists" link. Then click the title of the list to see all the items in it. If you want to request one of the items on your list just click the "Request" link. Items within Wishlists can be deleted or exported to email. Items can also be moved between different lists.

2. Temporary Lists.

If you just need to create a temporary list which is not saved within My Account then use either the "Add Marked to Bag" link from the search results screen or the "Add to Bag" link from an individual record. If you have saved items to a temporary list then the "View Bag" link should appear at the top of the screen. Click that link to access your list. You will then have options to export the list to email. After you exit the catalog website or close your browser, the list of items will no longer be available.

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New Material Alerts

You can be alerted to new materials added to the library collection. Just create some saved searches. When the library adds materials that match one of those searches you will receive an email alert letting you know that the materials have been added to the collection.

How to:

  1. Log into your account.
  2. Click on the "New Search" button (top right-hand corner).
  3. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc.
  4. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save your search". You'll see it directly to the right of the search box.
  5. The next time that you log in to your account, you can click the "New Material Alerts" button to see a list of your saved searches.
  6. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
  7. To receive the alerts check the "Mark for Email" box and be sure that your patron record information includes your current email address.
  8. Click the "Update List" button to save.
  9. New Material Alert emails are sent out weekly on Tuesdays.

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Security Errors in Internet Explorer

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 - usually from third-party vendors such as Novelist. Despite the browser warning, this issue does not pose a risk to your computer or data.

The following instructions pertain to Internet Explorer version 8.

  • 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.

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