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Sorting Your Borrowing History in Your Library Catalog Account

by Josh Commander on 2019-03-11T08:58:00-07:00 | Comments

One of the most common questions we have received from patrons since the transition from the old catalog to the new one is how to sort one’s borrowing history (i.e., the record of items one has previously checked out). Whether you want to recall the name of an author of a book you previously enjoyed in order to read another title by that author, or if you want to recollect what date you had viewed a particular film you had checked out, being able to view your borrowing history in a variety of ways is useful for any number of reasons. Since the process by which one may sort one’s borrowing history in the new catalog is somewhat different from the old one, this tutorial will focus on the available options the new catalog provides for viewing one’s borrowing history.

First, if you have not yet enabled your borrowing history, please consult our first tutorial in this series, how to setup your new catalog account and profile, for instructions on how to do so. If you have not yet had the opportunity to get acquainted with the new catalog, you might find the other two tutorials on how to search the catalog and navigate your “My Library Dashboard” and how to create and share content useful as well.

For those of us whose borrowing history amounts to less than 100 items, sorting your borrowing history is easy and involves nothing more than logging into your catalog account, selecting Borrowing History from the drop-down menu beneath your username (upper-right corner of page), clicking the Sort by: link, and choosing Checkout Date, Title, Author, or Format to sort accordingly.

If your borrowing history exceeds 100 items, though, the process requires a few more steps. In order to make the task an easy one, we have provided step-by-step instructions for you below.

Sorting Borrowing Histories with 100+ Items

  1. After logging into your catalog account and selecting Borrowing History from the drop-down menu, click View All Borrowing History in the bottom-right corner of the next page.


  1. Next, click the checkbox beside Select 50 items located in the top-left quarter of the following page in order to select the first 50 items of your borrowing history.


  1. In the bottom-right portion of the page, click Manage items and select Completed in order to move those items to a shelf where they can be sorted.


  1. Now click the > icon in the top-right quarter of the page and repeat steps 2 and 3 in order to move the next 50 items of your borrowing history to your Completed Shelf.
    1. Note: You will need to repeat steps 2-4 until you have moved all of your borrowing history to your Completed Shelf for sorting. If you only want to be able to sort portions of your borrowing history, you may pick and choose accordingly.
  2. Once you have moved the desired amount of items to your Completed Shelf, click your username in the top-right corner of the page and select Completed Shelf to go to it.


  1. On that page you can now sort your entire Borrowing History by Title, Rating, Author, or Date added by clicking the Sort by: option in the top-right corner of that page.


Congratulations—mission accomplished! You have now virtually shelved and sorted your borrowing history and may rightly consider yourself an honorary technical services librarian! Please use your newfound librarian powers only for good (never for evil), and we promise to post a new tutorial blog soon so you can further develop them.

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