Using the Catalog
Use our online catalog to find library materials and manage your account anytime, anywhere. Learn how to make the most of this valuable resource.
2013 Catalog Transition FAQ
Why the change?The new KCLS catalog greatly improves access to KCLS collections and account detail.
Where are My Lists?
Your existing ‘My Lists,’ are not automatically transferred to the new catalog. Please contact Answer Line to receive an Excel Spreadsheet with the details you’ll need to re-create them in the new catalog. Add each title to a newly created list or your new ’For Later’ shelf.
What happened to the reviews I added to the old catalog?
KCLS was unable to transfer past reviews; the new catalog requires that all reviews be associated with a library account, a factor not present in the previous service.
Why is the catalog ‘Powered by BiblioCommons?’
BiblioCommons produces the new KCLS library catalog software; it searches and displays content stored in the KCLS Integrated Library System (ILS) database.
Why do I need to register with BiblioCommons?
All patrons may search the catalog without a BiblioCommons Username. Placement of holds and account management, without a BiblioCommons Username, must be conducted via a KCLS staff member.
What happens if I link to my Seattle Public Library (SPL) Account?
The Seattle Public Library catalog is also powered by BiblioCommons; you will be able to use the same username to manage both accounts and have one set of lists and shelves. You will also be able to toggle between catalogs to manage each account. To link your KCLS and SPL accounts you will need to use the same email address for both accounts. If you change the email address in your KCLS account, you may also want to update your Library Elf email address.
What's different in the new catalog?The new catalog handles many features and functions differently than the existing Evergreen catalog. Â Have feedback to share? Login to your account, scroll to the bottom of any page and submit.
Self-Guided Catalog Help
Basic Search Tips
Finds terms in item titles
E.g., “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
Looks for terms in any field of item details, including title, author, subject, publisher, and song title
Retrieves many results
Helpful if you don’t know the exact title or author
E.g., “Goblet Rowling”
Finds terms in item author details
E.g., “J.K. Rowling”
Looks for terms in item subject details
E.g., “Wizards Fiction”
Finds terms in the title details of items in a multi-part series
E.g., “Harry Potter 4”
Series Search is currently under development.
Call Number Search
Finds call numbers in item call number details
E.g., “DVD FIC ON ORDER”
Limit your search to a specific format using the Format drop-down menu.
Advanced Search Tips
Add search options by selecting the "Add Search Row" button.
Boolean operators are words such as “the,” “and,” “or,” “not,” and “of” are not considered special and are searched for just like any other word.
There are no "stop" words that are automatically ignored by our catalog’s search engine.
Use "*" as a wildcard with other letters if you know the first letter(s) of a title, author, keyword, etc.
E.g., You may use “ca*” to search for cat, cap, car, etc.
You cannot use "*" by itself.
Clear your cache
Clear your cache to see recent code developments.
Instructions for Firefox users
Instructions for Internet Explorer users
Technical Search Documentation
View technical search documentation from Evergreen, our library catalog management system.
Check Out History
Track every item you have checked out by turning on your Check Out History.
To activate this feature:
1. Log in to your account and go to the Account Preferences tab.
2. In your “Search Preferences,” select the box to the right of "Keep history of checked out items."
4. Click on the blue “Save” button.
You may stop tracking your checkout history at any time by removing the checkmark from the box.
Create, edit, share, and remove lists.
You must be logged in to your account to edit and view lists.
Pay Your Fines Online
Pay any fine online using your Visa or MasterCard. Watch our short video tutorial to get started.
Your bank will post an “authorization hold” to your credit/debit account for each attempt to make an online payment. This is not a final charge- it is a pending transaction.
If your payment is denied, your bank will remove the hold from your account after a bank-determined waiting period. This may take several days.
Library Elf Alerts
Easily manage multiple cards from one account. Sign up for email or text alerts* when holds are ready for pickup or items are due.
Choose “WA - King County Library System (subscriber)” from the list of libraries and enter your library card number and PIN.