Calhoun County Public Library

Online Public Access Catalog Instructions


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The Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System consists of four counties: Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson & Washington.


How do I find the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC)?

  1. Open your browser. (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.)
  2. You can login to the Online Catalog by clicking on the link below or entering into your browser.
  3. Click on the link for the Online Catalog on the left of the page (see image below).

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    What is my PIN?
      Your PIN is required to access your account through the Online Catalog.
      PIN numbers are assigned when you received your library card. When you access your
      library account you have the option to change your PIN. Please contact your library
      to find out what your PIN is, proof of identification may be required.
    What if my library does not have the item I need?
    • If you are lookin for an item and can't find it in our libraries we can check for the item
      at the other libraries within the Panhandle Public Library System(PPLCS) which includes:
      Holmes, Jackson & Washington Counties.

    • If the item is available, it can be sent to any one of our locations for you to pick up. If none
      of the libraries has the item, we can request it from libraries outside PPLCS through our
      interlibrary loan. Just ask your library staff and fill out a request form. We will need a
      current telephone number to contact you when the item is received.
    How do I place a request?
    1. Login to your account (this will insure that your local library receives the request).(picture 1)
    2. Click on My Library Account on the gray bar. (picture 2)
    3. Click on Request.
    4. Enter the title of the item you are requesting (picture 3)
    5. Enter the author if applicable
    6. Enter the current date in the "date" box
    7. Enter in the Owning Library. The owning library is the actual library which has the book.
    8. You may enter a note if you need to give us special instructions.
    9. Enter your name.
    10. Enter a valid telephone number. This is the number we will call when your item reaches our library.
      The number needs to be current.
    11. Enter in your library card number if you know it.
    12. Press Send
    13. You will receive a Request Confirmation. (picture 4)
    14. You can check the status of your request by clicking on "Review My Account"(picture 5)
    15. You will see a summary of your account. Click on Requests.
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    17. To view reply from library you will need to click on view located to the right.
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    19. When the library replies to your request the reply will show here.
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    How do I search for an item?
      You may search our catalog in several different choices. The default search library is your
      local library. If you want to search a different county or all libraries within our system choose
      the library, county or All from the drop down menu.
    1. If you know the author, choose "Author" from the drop down menu next to the search box. Enter
      the author's last name followed by a space and the author's first name.
    2. If you know the title, choose "Title" and enter in the title or a few words from the title.
    3. If you know some of the title choose "Keywords" and enter in words you know are in the title.
    4. If you would like to find several items on a particular subject, you can choose "Subject" to get a
      list of titles.
    5. If you are interested in a series, you can choose "Series" from the drop down and enter words to
      identify the series.

    6. After your search is complete, you will receive a list of search results. You may see results for
      different formats or editions from the same title, e.g. large print, paperback, DVD, etc. From this
      screen you can view details on a title by clicking on the DETAILS button, or add this to your list
      ( for this session only) by clicking on ADD TO MY LIST button. Under each title, the catalog will
      tell you how many copies are available and which library has the item. If you need further
      assistance please contact a library staff member. If you are searching from home or another
      location please call the library for assistance.
    How do I place a hold?

      You can not place holds on line at this time.You may place a request (see "How do I place a request" above) to ask for an item to be put on hold for you.
      Please contact your local library for assistance..
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    How do I find only one item type (such as DVD)?
      When searching for a specific format you will need to do a few more steps.

    1. In the search box, there is a link to "Power Search" at the bottom of the box. Click on this link.
    2. Enter the correct search term in the appropriate space such as title, author, etc..
    3. Scroll down until you see "Material Type". Click on the down arrow and select the type such as "DVD", "CD", etc.
    4. You will either see a list of search results or go directly to the item information.
    How can I get a list of my favorite type of book published recently?
    1. Login to your account.
    2. In the search box, there is a link to "Power Search". Click on the link.
    3. In the space next to subject type in mystery, science fiction, romance, western, etc.
    4. Scroll down to "publication date".
    5. Enter in the year you are interested in.
    6. Click on search.
    7. You will see a list of your search results.
    8. You can click on the DETAILS button to see more information about the item.
    Can I save items to a list?
      You can not save to a list and come back later. You can save a list while you are in your current session.
      This list is available as long as your browser is open , and you can email the list or print it.
    1. Login.
    2. Perform a search.
    3. When you receive your results, you can click on the button which say " Add to my List".
    4. When you have added the titles you want to your session list, click in list. This will take you to the List Screen.
    5. You can remove titles from the list, print the list by clicking the print formatted button or email the
      list to yourself by entering your email address in the space provided.
    6. Once you close your browser , you will no loger have access to this particular list.
    How do I view My Account?
    1. Login
    2. Click on the link to My Library Account on the green bar
    3. From this screen you can:
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    How do I renew my items?
    1. Login to your account
    2. Click on the link to My Library Account on the green bar.
    3. Click on the link to Renew my Material.
    4. Click next to "Renew Selected Items" or "Renew all items".
    5. If you only want to renew some of the items, check the box next to the item you want to renew.
    6. Click on Renew Selectec Items Button.
    7. You will see a confirmation window which shows the items you renewed
    Can I search the Online Catalog from outside the library?
      You can access the Online Catalog by going to and click on Online Catalog
      on the left of the page.