How to Use the Catalog: Introduction


Learn how to use the catalog to find items, place holds, renew checkouts and more. Have questions? Ask a Librarian!

Your Austin Public Library Catalog

The search box in the upper right of the Library's website is the catalogyour gateway to books, movies, music and more at the Austin Public Library. It can search the entire system or an individual branch, with several features to help you identify items of interest.

Key pointers:

  • Register for essential My APL account options. To place holds, see due dates, renew items and more online, cardholders must first register with the catalog.
  • Your privacy is important. Learn about adjusting your privacy settings.
  • Our catalog is social. You can comment on and rate items, share lists and connect with other users, but these features are optional. 

Bottom line: We hope you find what you need quickly and discover new authors and interests. If you have questions or suggestions, don't hesitate to Ask a Librarian.

Virtual Library

Most of our downloadable and streaming eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, digital magazines and other online items are listed in the catalog. However, results may be incomplete.

Search individual collections directly in the Virtual Library for the most up-to-date results.