Help Using the PINES Catalog


Searching the Catalog

The home page for the PINES catalog allows you to search for books and other items at your library or libraries.

The home page contains a single search box for you to enter search terms. You can get to the home page at any time by clicking on the Home link from the black bar located at the top-left of any page in the catalog or by clicking on the PINES logo. You can begin a new search anywhere you see a search box without returning to the home page first.


Search Options

You can select to search by

  • Keyword—finds the terms you enter anywhere in the entire record for an item, including title, author, subject, and other information.
  • Title—finds the terms you enter in the title of an item.
  • Author—finds the terms you enter in the author of an item.
  • Subject—finds the terms you enter in the subject of an item. Subjects are categories assigned to items according to a system such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings.
  • Series—finds the terms you enter in the title of a multi-part series.

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You can limit your search by format: Audiobooks (books read aloud on CDs or other media),Books, Computer File (databases or other resources available electronically in the library or online), DVD/Video (VHS tapes, DVDs, and other media), Kits, Maps, Music (music on CD or other media), Other Formats, or Scores/Sheet Music

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You can also limit your search by library. If you are using the catalog in a library building, it will default to search the current location. You have the option to change to search PINES (searches all PINES library locations at once), a regional library system (there are 53 library systems in PINES, some are single-county and some are multi-county), or a specific library branch. If you are searching the catalog from home or another location outside the library, you may wish to choose your branch so that you can quickly see what's available locally.

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Search Tips

Unlike many catalogs, the search features of the catalog are forgiving. For example, you do not need to enter an author's last name first, nor do you need an exact title or subject heading. The catalog is also forgiving about plurals and alternate verb endings, so if you enter dogs, the catalog will also find items with dog.

You do not need to use operators such as AND or OR. The catalog assumes you wish to search for all the terms you enter (AND).

You can exclude a term (NOT) using - (minus sign with no space between the minus and the word). For example, vacations -britain will search for materials on vacations, but not Britain.

You can search for an exact phrase using double quotes. For example, “Harry Potter” will find only items with the exact phrase, not with the terms Harry or Potter alone.

You can form more complex searches using the Advanced Search features.

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Search Results

The search results are a list of relevant works from the catalog. Here's an example:

Search Results

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Editions and Formats

These results show groups of related titles, which may include several editions and formats. For example, The Inn at Rose Harbor is available in various editions, book, in large print, and as an audiobook. The item type is designated by the icon to the right of the title for each entry.

If there are many results, they're divided into several pages. At the top of the list, you can see the total number of results and go back and forth between the pages of results.

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Related Subjects, Authors, and Series

At the left, you may see a list of authors, subjects, series title, and places. Selecting one of these links searches the catalog again using that subject, author, or series to find additional items.

related subjects

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The number of available copies and total copies is displayed below the title on each record. Depending on whether you've selected a particular library, you may see the results for the branch, the consortium (all of PINES), and any intermediate groupings of your libraries.

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Holds and Lists

An item can be reserved by placing a hold on it from the link to right of the record. This title can also be added to the individual patron list (previously called bookbags).

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Viewing Detailed Information for a Title



When you select a specific title, you can view a detailed record of the title, including descriptive information, location and availability, and options for placing holds. Additional related information such as series books, other recommended books, reading lists, and more, may also be included.

Click here for an example of a record that provides a large amount of information about the book as well as other recommended books.

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Reserving and Saving Items

You can select the Place Hold link in the upper right corner of the record to reserve the item. If the item is available, it will be pulled from the shelf and held for you. If all copies at your local library are checked out, it may be delivered from another library. If all copies are checked out, you'll be placed on a waiting list. See My Account below for more information about the items you place on hold and check out. See the Placing Items on Hold FAQ for answers to common questions about holds.

You may also create lists of items (formerly known as bookbags) associated with your account. See Lists.

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Going Back

When you're viewing a specific record, you can always go back to a higher level to view all editions and formats, or back to the original search results. To go back to the search results list, click on the Search Results link in the upper left side of the record. Clicking the back button in your browser will also take you back one page at a time. You can start a new search at any time by entering new search terms in the search box at the top of the page, or by selecting the Home or Advanced Search links in the left-hand sidebar.


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My Account

You can access information about your account from any page in the catalog by selecting the My Account link in upper right corner of any page in the catalog. Your account information includes contact information, items you have checked out or placed on hold, your fines, preferences for the catalog, and your lists (formally known as bookbags), a place for you to keep reading lists or other lists of items. Each of the sections in the My Account area is described below.

Logging Into Your Account

1. Click on the My Account link

2. Enter Your Username

* If this is your first time logging in, your username will be your library card number. You have the option to change your username on the Account Summary screen.

3. Enter Your Password

* You should have been given a PIN/password when you received your library card.

* If you do not have or cannot recall your password and the library has a valid email address for your account, you can use the automated password reset feature.

* If you do not know your password and the library does not have a valid email address for your account, then please call or visit any PINES library with your card and ID to have your PIN reset.

4. Click on the Login button.

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Account Summary

The Account Summary tab displays a summary of the number of items you have checked out, the number of holds you have, and the number of holds you have ready for pickup. Clicking on "more information" will provide a detailed list of these items. Also on the summary page are any fines that are owed and any payments.

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Items Checked Out

The Items Checked Out tab displays a list of all items that are currently checked out. The list includes the title/author of the item, the number of remaining renewals, the due date, the barcode, and the call number of the item. To renew any items, check the box on the far left side of each item you want to renew. Go to the dropdown menu just above the list and choose "Renew Selected Titles". Then click "Go". Your items will be renewed and a new due date will be shown in your account.

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Items on Hold

The Holds tab shows the materials you currently have on hold (reserve). The title, author, format, pickup location, and status are displayed. You may cancel a hold, suspend a hold, or activate a hold from this screen. Clicking on the check box to the left of the item and then go to the dropdown menu above the item list and choose the action for the selected items. By clicking ont the "edit" link to the right of the item, you can edit the pickup library, suspend a hold, activate a hold, and change the expiration date of the hold.

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Account Preferences

In the Account Preferences tab personal information can be viewed. Patrons may edit their account name, PIN/password, and email address. Any other changes to personal information will be done by library staff at the patron request. Notification preferences may be set by each patron. The patron can choose to be notifed by email, phone, or both. A default phone number for hold notification can also be entered here. Search preferences allows you to decide how many entries you want to see on a page when you complete a search. You can also choose your preferred search location and your preferred pick-up library for holds.

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Accessing GALILEO from the PINES Catalog

PINES cardholders have the ability to seamlessly access GALILEO resources when logged into the PINES catalog.  To access GALILEO, just click the "GALILEO" link in the top or bottom navigation menu.  If you are already logged into the PINES catalog, you will be brought to the GALILEO start page as a user of your home library in PINES.  If you are not already logged in, just enter your username or library card number and your password/PIN and you will be brought to the GALILEO start page once successfully logged in.

Users inside a PINES library are able to move seamlessly between the PINES catalog and GALILEO resources.

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My Lists

The My List section allows you to create, edit, share, and remove list you have created.

Your list of items can be used for any number of purposes. For example, to keep track of what books you have read, books you would like to read, to maintain a class reading list, to maintain a reading list for a book club, to keep a list of books you would like for your birthday. There are an unlimited number of uses.

You can see the list you have created in the My Lists section of the My Account area.

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How Do I Create a List?

There are two ways to create a list.

  • First, in the My Account area, click on My Lists. In the Create a new list section, enter a name for your list into the text box. A description of the list can be entered in the space provided. Decide if you would like to share the contents of the list with other users, and click the Submit button.
  • If you are already logged in, on any item detail page, select the "My List" link located to the right of the item search results. Click on the "Add to My List" link and a drop down menu will appear. Choose "Add to New List" to create a new list.

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What Does Share This List Mean?

Lists can either be private, and only viewable by you; or public, and viewable by anyone who knows where the list resides. By default, all list are private, and you must explicitly instruct the system to allow others to view the contents of a list:

  1. Log into your account (the My Account area).
  2. Click on the My Lists tab.
  3. Click the Share button next to the list you wish to share.
  4. The screen will refresh and a link that says HTML View will appear to the right of the chosen list.
  5. Click on HTML View to display the list as others will see it.
  6. The URL (web address) of the list will be in the address bar at the top of the page. Copy and paste it into an email in order to share the list with other people.

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Place a Hold from My List

To place a hold on an item that you have saved to a list, open the my list section of your account. Click on the name of the list where the book has been saved. Check the box on the left side of the title for the item you want to place a hold on. Move to the right side of the title line and click the dropdown menu. Choose "place hold" and click "Go".

To remove an item from your list you would follow the same steps as placing a hold but instead of choosing "place hold", choose "remove from list". Click "Go". The item will be removed from your list.

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Contacting Us

Please contact your local library for problems with or questions about your account, locating specific materials, placing holds on materials, etc.

For problems with this website and the Evergreen catalog software, contact the Georgia Public Library Service PINES staff.

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