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Find "Available Now" Materials

by Library Staff | October 10, 2018 at 02:10 PM

So, you are leaving on a road trip tomorrow and you need an audiobook to listen to in your car right now.  Or your in-laws are arriving this afternoon and you need a DVD to keep them entertained tonight.  Wouldn’t it be handy to be able to search the Catalog for materials that are available to pick up in Acton right now?  Well, there is! 

In this example we will show you how to search for mystery audiobooks that are on the shelf in Acton right now:


1. Go to the Minuteman Catalog at:  In the search box type “mystery” (or another search term)


2. On the left side of the screen under “Format” click on “SPOKEN CD” (or choose another format you are interested in)


3. Under “Availability” click “At a library” (which means, on the shelf right now).


4. Under “Location”, click “Acton” (use the "Location", refinement, which indicates your library;  not the "Collections" refinement, which indicates adult or children's materials)


Note that the "Availability" limit must be applied before the "Location" limit in order to limit to items that are currently available in Acton. You should see a list of applied refinements like the one below, and all of the titles listed in the main part of the screen should now show as being "Available" in Acton.

 If you prefer digital content, there is also an option to search for "Available Now" titles in the Minuteman Digital Catalog.

Minuteman Catalog