Welcome to the New KRL.org!
We've been working hard to significantly improve your online experience. We invite you to explore all the newly designed KRL.org has to offer. Delight in easier searching and navigation, an improved event calendar, helpful FAQs and mobile-friendly access.
Expect everything you need to enjoy our collection, place holds, view your checkouts and due dates and pay fees. Then, do more! You can create a profile highlighting your unique ratings, reviews and areas of interest. Share your experience with other library lovers, or simply enjoy your community's contributions.
Complete a One-time Registration
- Use your current library card number and password the first time you log in to set up and customize your account.
- Create a username. The username you choose will display in the catalog if you opt-in to share ratings, reviews, reading lists or your profile.
- Select your primary library.
- Set your privacy settings.
- Choose whether you would like to keep your borrowing history and import your Saved Titles List from the old catalog if you currently have one.
- After completing your registration, you can use your username or library card number to log in.
- You will be asked if you would like to import your Saved Titles List , opens a new windowfrom the old catalog.
- You are all set! Once logged in, your account information, settings, checkouts, holds and more can all be found in the Library Dashboard.
Usernames can consist of up to 24 letters, numbers and underscores. One of the features of our new catalog is the option of participating in a vast library community with more than 10 million library lovers sharing reviews, comments and lists. Your username will be unique to you and will be displayed alongside any content you share.
When you create a username, you may find another user already uses your preferred username. If your username is unavailable, a similar alternative will be suggested.
When logging into your account, you can continue to use your username or library card number after your new username has been created.
Usernames for Kids Under 13
In compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), children under 13 cannot choose their username, enter comments or add other content that requires typing.
Instead, kids can select a color and animal as their username. A number will be appended to the end of this combination to make the username unique, for example, red_dog_1010. When a child turns 13, their account will be updated to a standard account on the first day of the month following their birth month.
If a child wants to create free text comments, quotes and lists or create a unique username, a parent or guardian can give permission, following the instructions when logging into the child’s account. These permissions will then be managed from the parent’s or guardian’s account. Library staff cannot enable these permissions on a child’s account.
Protecting your right to privacy and confidentiality is essential to intellectual freedom and our mission. Your new catalog lets you share what you're reading, watching and loving at the Library. We want to ensure you understand what you're sharing and what is kept private. Make sure to review your privacy settings when you create your account.
- Your current checkouts, holds and fees.
- Your library card number and password.
- Your borrowing history - if you've enabled it.
Borrowing history lets you view all items you’ve checked out. By default, the Library does not retain your borrowing history. You can save your borrowing history by enabling this feature within your account setting. If this option is selected, your borrowing history will remain confidential per our policies. You can disable your borrowing history anytime, which will also delete your history. Once your Borrowing History is deleted, it cannot be retrieved. Update your settings at My Settings > Account Setting > Borrowing History.
Shelves allow you to track titles you’ve enjoyed or would like to enjoy. Shelves are private by default. You can make specific items private even if you make your shelves public. Private notes and personal tags for any title will always be private. Removing a title from your shelf will remove your ratings and comments as well. Update your settings at My Settings > Privacy > My Shelves.
Your activity feed is public by default. Your feed displays items added to your public shelves and lists, comments and ratings you’ve added to specific titles and lists and comments by others you follow. Make your feed private at My Settings > Privacy > My Feeds.
A list is a collection of titles related to a specific topic or idea. After you create your list, set the privacy settings. You have multiple options, including making the list private.
Your library records are protected by state law (RCW 42.56.310, RCW 42.56.210). Unless required by law or requested by you, the Library does not share information about your records.
Borrowing history tracks items you have borrowed and returned to the library. Only you can enable this feature, and it is always kept private. Your history is not viewable by staff. Borrowing history can be enabled the first time you log in, or anytime after from the My Setting section of your library account.
Accessing Borrowing History
Borrowing history is accessible from the menu in the My Borrowing section. You can also navigate to your borrowing history from the My Borrowing account summary in the left sidebar of any borrowing page. When you first view your borrowing history, you'll see up to eight most recently returned titles. Click View All Borrowing History to see all titles.
You can sort borrowing history by returned date, title, author or format if you have 100 titles or fewer. When your borrowing history has more than 100 items, sorting is removed. Because your borrowing history is stored separately from the catalog, making sorting available for more than 100 titles impacts your user experience, slowing the page load time.
Shelves allow you to track titles you've read and items you’ve borrowed, are borrowing or plan to borrow. Three shelves are available. Items added to your shelves are private by default and can be made public in your settings. You can add items to shelves from anywhere on the site, including search results, you're on hold, checked out and borrowing history pages, another user's shelves, awards and best sellers pages, booklists and your shelf itself.
Fill this shelf with everything you've read, watched or listened to. Browse items you’ve enjoyed and find related recommendations and lists. Items you rate, tag or comment on are automatically added to your Completed Shelf.
In Progress Shelf
Keep track of items you're currently borrowing.
For Later Shelf
Create a “wish list” of items you'd like to enjoy.
Move Items Between Shelves
To move the title between your shelves, go to your shelves and select the item you want to move. Select "manage item" beside the item, and from the dropdown menu, select the destination shelf.
Get social! From your account, you can rate and review titles you've read, add quotations, summaries and more.
When your first register your account, you will be asked if you would like to import items from your Saved Titles List in the old catalog to your For Later Shelf in the new catalog. Select Import List Items to begin the import. You can also do this later from the For Later Shelf. All imported items will be marked private.
You may notice a difference between the number of items on your list in the old catalog and the number of imported items that appear on your For Later Shelf. This can happen because of adjustments made to the catalog records during the transition. If you had multiple Saved Title Lists in the old catalog, they will be merged when they are imported and will appear as one list on your For Later Shelf.
Once your import is complete, you can sort your items, moving them to your completed and in-progress shelves. You can also use your import as inspiration for new lists, using the Lists, opens a new window feature.
Why Create Lists?
Creating lists is a great way to help other library folks discover new works. Best Italian Cookbooks, 10 Books My Daughter Loves Best and Movies That Changed My Life are examples of lists you could create. A good list is a curated topic guide. A list shouldn’t be just a group of titles by an author, since you can do that just by searching, or a group of titles you want to borrow, since you have a For Later shelf for that.
You will see lists in several locations on the site:
- When you browse the details of a title, you’ll see links to everyone’s lists that contain that title under the Listed heading.
- The lists you create are shared with other users when they view your collection. (The exception is lists you have chosen to keep private.)
- Users’ lists are also featured at the bottom of the Recent Activity page.
To create a new list
- Log in to your account.
- On the menu, select Lists.
- Select the Create a New List button.
- Select Guides and Recommendations.
- Select the type of list you want to create. This will help inform others about the list’s contents.
- Give the list a title. Others can search for your list by the words you use, so make the title informative.
- Add a description, if you wish, to elaborate on the title. A description is optional but will help others find your list.
- Select Add to List to add catalog titles or website URLs to your list. For details, see Adding Titles to Lists.
- When you’ve added all of your titles, click Finished Editing.
- Choose who can see your list.
- People in a specific location. This is useful for lists of local interests, such as school projects.
- Anyone with the link. Use this when you want to share a list with someone but don’t want to make it available to everyone.
- Only me. This makes the list private. No one but you can see this list.
- Select Publish.