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General FAQ

Where do I find details about my library?

On desktop, click Library Information from the menu bar at the top of your screen.

On mobile, tap Menu, then tap Library Information.

Information presented here about the library may include the location (or address), phone number, and hours of operation.

How do I change the language?

On desktop, hover over Select Language in the menu bar at the top of your screen, and select the desired language from the list to change the language for text in the catalog.

On mobile, tap Menu, then tap Select Language, and select the desired language from the list to change the language.

If you need options beyond those provided, please use the Google dropdown menu underneath the logo on the left.

How do I enable Accessibility Mode?

On desktop, click Enable Accessibility Mode in the menu bar at the top of your screen.

On mobile, tap Menu, then Enable Accessibility Mode.

How does the Select an Action menu work?

On desktop, the Select an Action drop-down menu is found on the search results page, on an item’s detail display, and in My Lists. From the search results, set the checkbox next to the desired item or items. For example, if you want to place a hold on two items at the same time, set the checkboxes for each item, click Select an Action, and select Place Hold from the list.

On mobile, the Select an Action menu is found on the search results page, on an item’s detail display, and in My Lists. It appears as a vertical ellipsis. Tap the three dots to open the menu, and select the desired action.

Depending on your library’s configuration, you may see these options in the Select an Action menu:

  • Add to My Lists: This option lets you save selected items to a list. Lists are temporary and only last as long as your browser session. Please email, text, or print if you need to save items in a list.
  • Email: This option lets you email item information.
  • Text It To Me: This option lets you text item information to a cell phone.
  • Print: This option lets you print item information.

The following options appear only in the Select an Action list on the My Lists page:

  • Delete Selected: This option lets you delete selected titles from a list within My Lists.
  • Move: This option lets you move selected titles from one list to another within My Lists.
  • Copy: This option lets you copy selected titles from one list to another within My Lists.

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Search FAQ

How do I limit my search by title, author, subject, or another field?

On desktop, use the Fields drop-down list on the search bar to limit your search to a particular field (for example, Title, Author, or Subject). If you want to search all fields, leave All Fields selected. This is the drop-down box on the right.

On mobile, tap Search Options to expand the search interface. Use the Fields drop-down list to limit your search to a particular field (for example, Title, Author, or Subject). If you want to search all fields, leave All Fields selected. This is the drop-down box on the right.

How do I limit my search to a specific location or database?

On desktop, Use the Limits drop-down list on the search bar to limit your search to a specific type of material. If you do not want to use this feature, leave Everything selected. This is the drop-down box on the left.

On mobile, tap Search Options to expand the search interface. Use the Limits drop-down list to limit your search to a specific type of material. If you do not want to use this feature, leave Everything selected. This is the drop-down box on the left.

How do I use Advanced Search?

You can create more specific searches so that you receive results that are more tailored to your needs. On desktop, click Advanced Search on the search bar. On mobile, tap Search Options to expand the search interface, then tap Advanced Search.

While there are many options to limit your search, if you select too many limits, your search may not return any results at all.

With an advanced search, you can search exact phrases or exclude terms from your search. For example, if you wanted to do a search on potters but did not want results for “Harry Potter,” you could search the term “potter” and enter “Harry” in the unwanted terms box.

You can also apply any combination of limits on your search with Additional limits, including format type, language, location, fields, availability, and targets.

Once you have set up your search with the terms and limits you want, click Advanced Search to get your search results.

How can I sort my search results?

After you have received the results of a search, you can use the Sort By drop-down list to sort the results by publication date (ascending or descending), title, or author. The most relevant results are then sorted by that option.

How do I filter the results of my search?

Search facets limit the results of your search by filtering the results by specific characteristics, such as author, media format (books, DVDs, music, and so forth), or publishing date, to name a few. You can find facets under Limit Search Results on the left side of the page. Facets are listed by category, such as Author, Format, Item Type, Electronic Format, and so forth. Here are some ways you can use facets to refine your search:

  • Select a facet. Each facet narrows the search to specific works in the library. For example, if you select “Books,” your search results will only include items that are books.
  • Select multiple facets. Each time you select a facet, the search results update, narrowing the search even further. For example, if you select the “Books” facet and later select the facet for a specific author, your search results will only include books by that author.
  • Include or exclude facets. Each facet has Include and Exclude buttons. Set the checkbox next to one or more facets, then click Include or Exclude. “Include” requires all displayed search results to pertain to the facet. “Exclude” removes content pertaining to the facet from all displayed search results. For example, if you want to search for “potter” but don’t want to include books by J. K. Rowling, you can filter out those books by excluding the “Rowling, J. K.” Author facet.

Use the More or Fewer options to expose or hide facets within a field incrementally. You can also use the View All option to open all of the facets in a separate window. Collapse All resets the facet display for that type.

The Publication Date facet has two views: Graph and Date. You can toggle between the two. The Date view works just like any other facet. The Graph view, however, has some other options:

  • Use the sliders to create a date range (for example, 1971-1990). Then select whether you want to include or exclude that date range in your search results.
  • Enter a date range in the text box (for example, “1971” – “1990”). If you want the date range to have no end (up to the current date), leave the second text box blank (for example, “1971” – “”). Likewise, if you want the date range to go back as far as it can go, leave the first text box blank (for example, “” – “1971”). Select whether you want to include or exclude that date range in your search results.

Experiment! Facets let you be very flexible with search results. Try using the different facets and see what results you get.

How do I remove facets from my search criteria?

On desktop, any facets you have applied will appear in the Narrowed by section. Facets you have included in search results will have a + (plus) sign; facets you have excluded will have a – (minus) sign. Click next to a facet to remove that specific facet, or remove all facets by clicking Clear all.

On mobile, tap Filter Results. Any facets you have applied will appear under Narrowed by in the slide out menu. Facets you have included in search results will have a + (plus) sign; facets you have excluded will have a – (minus) sign. Tap x (remove) to the right of a facet remove it.

How do I save my search as an RSS feed?

If you use RSS, you can click RSS to save any of your searches as an RSS feed. This way, you can see updated results of your specified searches through your RSS reader.

Note: To take advantage of RSS feeds, you must have an RSS enabled browser or an RSS reader.

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My Lists FAQ

What is My Lists?

When you find items while searching that you want to keep and organize, you can save them to a temporary list in My Lists. You can create and customize your lists, and you can print or email your lists.

How do I view My Lists?

To view My Lists

On desktop

  1. Click My Lists from the menu bar. Your Temporary List and your saved lists are displayed in the left-side window under the Lists heading. Click a list to view its contents.
  2. Log in, if prompted.

On mobile

  1. Tap Menu, then My Lists. Use the drop down menu to select individual lists to view.
  2. Log in, if prompted.
How do I add an item to My Lists?

To add items to your My Lists

On desktop

  1. From the search results page, use the checkboxes to select one or more titles to add to a list.
  2. Click Select an Action, then select Add to My Lists.
  3. Select which of your lists you want to save items to, then click Add. The title will be added to Temporary List automatically. Your Temporary List will only exist during the course of your browser session; if you close your browser, you’ll lose the list. Make sure to email, text, or print your list if you need to refer to it later.

On mobile

  1. From the search results page, tap the Select an Action menu next to the title you want to add to a list.
  2. Select which of your lists you want to save items to, then tap Add. The title will be added to Temporary List automatically. Your Temporary List will only exist during the course of your browser session; if you close your browser, you’ll lose the list. Make sure to email, text, or print your list if you need to refer to it later.
How do I save a Temporary List?

To save your Temporary List

On desktop

  1. Click My Lists from the menu bar.
  2. Click Select an Action, then select Save Temporary List.
  3. When prompted, name your new list and click Save.

On mobile

  1. Tap Menu, then My Lists.
  2. Tap Select an Action next to the lists drop down menu, then email, text, or print the list.

Note: If you leave the browser window without saving the list, the Temporary List will be cleared.

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