The library provides a place, and an opportunity, for members of the public to
read, study, and use the various materials that the library maintains.
Here's how to use the materials:
To borrow items from the library, you will need a library card.
You may get one here.
Items can be checked out for the following periods:
To see what the library has to offer, review the online catalog.
All items borrowed from the Alexandria Library may be returned at any branch except items borrowed through the Interlibrary Loan service.
Customers are responsible for all fines and fees associated with returning library items to other jurisdictions.
If an item is not available to be checked out, you may place a hold on the item. When the item becomes available, you will be notified to pick it up.
To place a hold:
To review/cancel your holds:
Items will stay available on hold for patrons at the Circulation Desk for seven (7) days only.
If you’re leaving on vacation, on a business trip or for any other extended period of time, you can “suspend” library item(s) you have on hold. This ensures that your hold isn’t filled while you are away (so that you don’t miss picking it up on time) and your hold maintains the same place in line while suspended.
Here’s how to suspend a hold:
You may renew books online, by telephone, or at any self-check machine located at a Branch. Overdue materials and materials that are on hold or that have been requested or reserved by other patrons may not be renewed.
Please note the new due dates along with any messages. The messages in RED indicate that the items have reached their MAXIMUM RENEWAL PRIVILEGES of three (3) renewals per item and must be returned on their due date. Customers will not be able to make additional renewals on the items electronically.
How do I check my account online?
Login using the "LOG IN" link at the top of the screen. Enter the complete barcode number located on your library card and the last four digits of your telephone number or the "PIN" (Personal Id Number) that you created. Once entered, your record will show current activity.
What can I do once I'm logged in?
After logging in, you can:
How do I use the Classic Catalog Interface?
Log in using this link for the classic catalog.
Here you can:
What is my PIN?
The PIN (personal identification number) is typically the last 4 digits of your telephone number.
How do I reset my PIN?
You can reset your PIN online by clicking "LOG IN" at the top right of the page and choosing "Forgot my PIN". You will be prompted to enter your Library Card Number and an email will be sent to the email address we have on file. You can also visit your local library’s circulation department to find out your PIN. Valid identification is required. PINs cannot be given or changed over the telephone or through electronic communication.
May I have material moved to my favorite branch to pick up?
Yes. It is best to call the branch where you have identified an available item that is noted in the online catalog as "Available" or "On Shelf". The branch staff will locate the item and have it delivered to your preferenced Home Branch or another pickup branch location. The library's automated system will contact you when the item is ready and available for pickup from the pickup location. Materials are placed on hold for seven (7) days after the automated notification message has been sent.
How do I manage my favorites?
Use the Classic Catalog Interface to make changes to your "Favorites" tracking and email notifications.
Login using the complete barcode on your library card and PIN (Last 4-digits of your registered telephone number) fields at the top of the screen. Review the links across the top of the screen and select "My Account". The top "green bar" will change and provide a few different options.
Review the options along the "green bar" at the top and select "My Profile". Here you will indicate if you want the system to track your checkouts (subjects and authors) and send you email notifications when the library purchases new material that match your topics and authors. To remove this information and end the email notifications follow the below instructions: