How Do I…?

Use My Account

From the main website (, click on ‘My Account’.  To log in, enter as username your library barcode – all 14 digits, beginning with 01902, without the ‘A’ or ‘B’ at the end (if they are in your barcode). Enter the four digit password you were given from the library.

You are now in your personal account!

From your account, you have access to your checked out items, holds, fines, and checkout history.  You can also search the catalog, renew your items, and create lists of items.

‘Items Checked Out’ will show you what items you have out, and when they are due – you can also renew books in this screen.  ‘Holds’ shows you what books you have on hold, and you also have the option to cancel holds from this screen.   ‘Fines’ will show you what fines you have, and for which titles.

You can change your username (so that you don’t have to enter your card number each time) under ‘Account Preferences’.

Search for Items

Spark has some very nice search features! From the main website (, click on ‘Search the Catalog’ on the upper left. This will take you to the Spark search page, where you can search for items in our library.  You can also log in to your account from this page (in the upper right).

If you search for a subject, such as ‘angels’, you can narrow your search with the many options on the left side of the page.  You can select to narrow the search down by author, series title, subject name, etc.

Searching under ‘Advanced Search’ will allow you to narrow down selections by audience (adult vs. children’s, etc.), language, item form (large print, video, etc.), and more.  You can also search for a specific title or author by using the labeled search bars in ‘Advanced Search’.

Place a Hold

Use the catalog to search for the item you want using either keyword search or ‘Advanced Search’ as described above. Once you have the record up, click on ‘Place a Hold’ to the right of the item.

If you are not logged in to your account, it will ask for your barcode.

Make sure your phone number is correct, and click on ‘Submit’.

Do not place a hold on a bookmobile book unless you are a bookmobile patron (on the search results page, it would have BKM in the call number.

Once you have placed a hold, you will see the item in your holds screen.

Renew Items Online

Log in to your account.  Click on the ‘Items Checked Out’ tab.  Select the items you would like to renew; if you want to renew all of them, click on the box at the top of the list to select all.

Make sure that ‘Renew Selected Titles’ is visible from the dropdown menu, and click on ‘Go’.  When the items are renewed, the due date will change.

You may not be able to renew online from your account if:

  • The item has already been renewed twice, the maximum allowed renewals on any item.
  • Another patron has placed a hold on the item.
  • There is a problem with your account, such as fines or overdues exceeding the maximum allowed ($5).

Track Your Checkout History

If you would like to keep track of your checkout history, click on the ‘Account Preferences’ tab after signing in to your account.

Click on ‘History and Search Holds’.  Check the box marked ‘Keep history of checked out items’. You can also check the box to ‘Keep history of holds’.

The history will begin tabulating once you click ‘Save’. Previous checkouts up until this point will not be visible.


If you have questions or need further assistance, stop in or call us at 724-658-6659 ext. 107.