Catalogue Help

Want to see what’s available before you pop down to a branch? You can access the library collections on the catalogue, and also check your account and place holds (requesting a particular title).

You can log into your account via the website but please note that searching the catalogue will redirect you away from the library website.

Click on the sections below to learn more:

You can log into your account on the website or the catalogue or the app. The view from each is a little different but both show you much the same information. When you are logged into your account in the the catalogue you can make some changes to preferences in your account.

Changing the default tab in My Account

From the catalogue you can change the default screen you see when you first login to Personal Information, Checkouts, Holds or Bills, as suits your preferences.

To change the default tab, first log into your account on the catalogue and then click on ‘my account’.

Click on the Personal Information tab and then on preferences below

From the Default My Account Tab option, select your preferred option from the drop-down menu

Click here to watch the video on the My Account feature.

Each library card has a password, for logging in to the catalogue or for use with library online resources. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it online.

If you do not know your library card number, please contact us.

Renewing from the website

Login via the website, the login is at the top of the page

Enter library card number and pin, click on sign in

Check the box to the left of the item you want to renew

Click on the renew button

Renewing from the catalogue

Log into your account on the Catalogue. The link is at the top of the page.

Click on My Account at the top of the page

From the checkouts tab, click on the checkbox next to the items you want to renew

Click on the renew button and on yes to confirm

The checkouts tab will then update with the status of the renewed item, confirming the renewal and whether it can be renewed again.

Items showing “renewal limit now reached” cannot be renewed again.

These items are not selectable for renewal and the checkbox next to these items will be greyed out.

Renewing from the app

Find out more here.

Basic searching

Searching the catalogue cannot be done from the library website, only the catalogue. There is a link to the catalogue on the right hand side of your account if logged in via the website.

Once on the catalogue:

Enter your search in the search box and hit search

If you don’t get any results try checking your spelling and reducing the number of keywords

The catalogue uses fuzzy logic which means it will try and guess what you mean if nothing matches exactly. For instance if you typed “John Grisam” it will prompt you “did you mean John Grisham”.

Watch the video on the basics of searching the catalogue here.

Advanced searching

Advanced searching can be done via Facets, a feature that helps you limit your search and narrow down what you are looking for.

They are available under Limit Your Search on the left side of the page but they do not appear until you have entered a search term.

You can refine by publication date, format, item category, vendor, subject, language etc

Facets that are displayed will depend on the search results. If they are not applicable to any items in the search results they will not be shown.

You can include or exclude a facet and select multiple facets

To learn more about facets go to the catalogue help and scroll down to the section titled “how do I filter the results of my search”.

Another alternative is to click on Advanced Search from the home page – the option for this is just to the right of the search button.

This will allow you to search exact phrases or exclude certain words from your search.

Multiple Tabs

Your search will default to displaying items held in Casey Cardinia Libraries first.

You can switch to All Libraries which will display other libraries in the group we share stock with (Libraries Victoria). This option can be found beneath “Select an Action”.

The tab that you are actually viewing will be shown in red text

Click here to watch the video on advanced catalogue searching.

Placing a hold

Go to the library catalogue and search for your item

Click on the Place Hold button once you have chosen an item

Login with your library card number and password

From the popup box choose your preferred pickup library and click place hold to confirm

Placing multiple holds

From the search results, find the checkbox just to the left of the book cover image and tick for the items you want to place a hold on

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “select an action” and choose “place hold(s)” from the dropdown menu

Click here to watch the video on placing holds

Holds can be modified to change the pickup location or suspended to make sure they don’t arrive within a specified time period if you are unable to get to the library. Handy if you are away on holiday.

From the website

To modify or suspend holds from the website, login to your account via the link at the top of the page

Click on the holds tab

Click on the checkbox to the left of the item you wish to modify/suspend

Choose the start and end date of the hold suspension and click on confirm

Or click on change and then select a new pickup location from the drop down menu and click confirm

From the catalogue

Click on the holds tab

Select the checkbox to the left of the item you wish to modify/suspend

To change the pickup location, click edit pickup location(s) and choose the preferred branch

To suspend a hold, or click suspend hold(s) and enter the start and end date

Find out more about suspending holds via the catalogue here.

From the app

Find your next read

If you’ve read a book and want some recommendations for something similar, you can try clicking on the ’You May Also Like’ link, located just above the words Copies on shelf at your Library Service.

The popup screen will display the recommended book covers.

Find out more via the helpsheet or watch the video here.

My Checkout History

Not sure what you’ve already read or have previously borrowed?

You can access a record of your past loans via the My Account feature on the catalogue. Find out how here.

Note: this feature isn’t switched on by default and will only start showing your history once you have switched it on and items have been returned.

My Lists

Use the My List functionality in the library catalogue, to save lists of items you want to place on hold in future, have used for an assignment, highly enjoyed and more. Find out more.


Want to share your thoughts on something you’ve read or watched? You can now write reviews, find out how.

Other features

You can also view additional information on books in the catalogue, including summaries, author information, read reviews.

Click here to find out more about these catalogue features.

Casey Cardinia Libraries App

Take your library with you on your smartphone! Download the Casey Cardinia Libraries app today so that you can:

  • Locate a library
  • Renew items
  • Place and cancel hold  requests on items
  • Check your account details
  • Access events and online resources
  • Book a library computer or meeting room
  • Navigate to the library website