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"My Reading History" and "My Lists"

by Library Staff | October 16, 2013 at 02:10 PM

Two useful, but underused features of the Minuteman Catalog are "My Reading History" and "My Lists."  These options provide a handy way of keeping lists of what you've read, and what you might want to read some day...


We are often asked if the library keeps a record of what a borrower has checked out.  The person asking this is sometimes trying to remember the title of a book s/he once had checked out. Or, sometimes, the borrower just wants an easy, automatic way of recording what s/he has read/watched/listened to.

The answer is no …. unless you ask us to.

For privacy reasons, and because we really don't need to know, the library does not keep a record of all of the items a borrower has checked out.  This service is, however, available to borrowers who want it. To turn this feature on in your account:

Items you check out after you opt in will be in your Reading History, listed in date order, with links back to the catalog.  This list can only be accessed by you (or anyone who knows your barcode number and PIN)—the library staff does not have access to your Reading History (or your PIN).  You may opt-out at any time, and you can delete individual items from the list.


Another useful but underused service available through the Minuteman Catalog and My Account is "My Lists." This service allows you to keep lists of items found in the catalog. These might be items you want to read some day but not now, or books on a particular subject.  The process varies slightly depending on whether you are using the Classic Catalog or the New ("Discovery") Catalog.  In the Classic Catalog, to save a title you see in the catalog click "Save to my Lists" and follow the screen prompts. In the New Catalog, add a title to your cart, view your cart, and then save checked items in your cart to a list.  To view your saved lists, log into My Account and click "My Lists."

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