How to Use the Catalog: Intro


Explore our catalog with the search box in the top right to find books, movies, music and more. Have questions? Ask a Librarian!


Register: Create a username for basic account functions.

My APL Account: Manage settings, see checkouts and more.

Privacy: Learn about privacy so you share only what you want.

Search: Get tips on finding books, movies, music and more.

Holds: Get in line for an item and/or transfer it to your branch.

Renew: Get more time for an item you haven't finished.

Optional Features

My Profile: Share details about your interests.

My Shelves: Save books and more to virtual shelves.

My Lists: Create lists of items for personal use or to share.

Get Social: Learn about item rating, reviewing, tagging and more.

eBooks + More

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Many eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines are in the catalog, but search results will be incomplete.

For up-to-date, comprehensive results, search individual collections directly in our Digital Resources.

Want to know how to access and navigate our Digital Resources? Every Digital Resource entry on our website offers guidelines on how to get started. 

You can also contact our Reference team for navigation and troubleshooting help by calling 512-974-7400 or filling out the Ask A Librarian webform. In-person help is available at every APL branch.


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