All About Searching Our Catalog

Welcome to our new Kenosha Public Library website!

Our website combines our collection of books and items seamlessly with Library news, events, and services. We think you’ll love this new site, and we want to help you get comfortable with it as quickly as possible so you can borrow, learn, and explore with us—better than ever before.

This All About Our Website series has been created by our staff to answer common questions and help you understand our site as you go.

Click here to view all posts in the All About Our Website series.


If we've got it, you'll find it by searching our catalog. Books, e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, special items—they're all here. And on our new site, searching is simpler than ever.

Here, we've laid out 8 quick tips for searching our catalog.

 

1) Basic Search

If you would like to search our catalog, you can click on the Search option in the top right-hand corner of any page on our site. 

When you click on the word Search, you will see the options to search within our Catalog (this is the default setting), Website, or Events

A keyword search in the Catalog should provide you with excellent results for most of your searching needs. Within the list of items that appear, you can click buttons to Place a Hold, review an item, or add it to your shelves.

 

2) Narrowing Your Search

If you have a long list of results after doing a search, you can use the clickable Filter your results by... toolbar on the left side of the screen to help you find the items you are interested in. 

Filtering by branch

At the very top of the headings, you can click on Available Now to select your local Library branch. This will limit the results to material available at your branch.

TIP: If you need something as soon as possible, this is a great feature to use. 

Filtering by audience

Another commonly used feature in the left toolbar is to filter by Audience. Limiting the results to adult material will ensure you aren’t scrolling through titles aimed at children or teens. 

More Filters

There are many more filtering options to explore, including:

  • Content (Fiction or Non-Fiction)
  • Form/Genre (i.e. Mystery, Biography, etc.)
  • Topic
  • Region
  • Author
  • Language
  • Published date
  • Reading Level (Lexile score)

 

3) Advanced Search

Ready to get a little more specific with your searching? No problem.

Selecting the Advanced Search option under the search bar will allow those who are familiar with Boolean searching to work their magic.   

 

4) Good news for e-book lovers

Are you a fan of borrowing e-books? We have good news.

You can now place holds on OverDrive and Libby e-books and e-audiobooks right from our catalog. There is no longer any need to visit the separate OverDrive website to find your next read. E-books and e-audiobooks will show up in your regular catalog searches. 

Read more about finding other Online Resources like OverDrive in our All About Our E-Library and Online Resources blog post.

 

5) Saving a search

Do you often find yourself doing the same searches whenever you visit our catalog? Try saving your favorite searches to make it easier to check up on your favorite authors. 

To save a search:

  • Log in to your account. You must be logged in to save a search.
  • Run your search.
  • If required, narrow your results by applying filters on the left side of the page.
  • When you have refined your search, click the Save Search link above the search results.
  • Give the saved search a name that will allow you to easily identify it later. If you already have a search by that name, you’ll have the option to choose a new name or overwrite your existing saved search.
  • Click Save it.

 

6) Grouping formats

Sometimes, you just want the latest bestseller, and you really don’t mind what format it’s in.

For times like these, you can group your results together to show all available formats of a given title. Select the grouped search button, circled in red in the example below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you're a search pro, you can share your favorite discoveries with the Library world!

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