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Introduction to Koha  

Welcome to HMCPL's new library services platform
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Getting Started

You will access your account by going to the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library's website:

At the top of the main page click on "My Account - My Catalog"

You will then see the opening page of the HMCPL catalog.  You will be able to :

  • Search the catalog
  • Check out the most recent additions to our collections
  • Go to an eBook or Audiobook platform
  • Log in to your account


    Welcome to Koha!

    Huntsville-Madison County Public Library introduces Koha, the library's new services platform.  The catalog will have a new face on March 18,2014.  This tutorial video will walk you through searching the catalog, placing holds, and logging in to your account.  Have a look at all the basics of using your new Koha Online Public Access Catalog:


    Searching the Catalog

    At the top of the HMCPL Public Catalog page you will see the "Search" box.

    You have several options for searching for materials. From the "Library Catalog" drop down menu you may choose Title, Author, Subject, ISBN, Series or Call number.

    From the "All Branches" drop down menu, you may choose the Branch location.

    Type in your search terms and hit the "Go" button. Your results list will have check boxes beside each item.  You can select items and use the tools at the top to add the item to the cart, save the item, or place a hold.

    The results list diplays immediately the format of the material (Book, DVD, CD, etc.) And you can immediately see if the item is located at the branch you wish to visit.

    Another search option is "Advanced Search". You can type in keywords and narrow the search by choosing Item Type, Publication Date, Collection and even Shelving location.

    Remember that you can search the HMCPL Public Catalog whether or not you are logged in to your profile.


    Accessing Your Profile

    To access your online profile, you will log in with your library card number and password (PIN).

    You will be taken to the "Your Summary" tab on your profile.  The other tabs under the summary tab (such as "Your Personal Deatails") may be accessed and edited.

    You have the ability to "Change Your Password" , view "Your Reading History", make "Your Purchase Suggestions".


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