How to Use the Catalog: My Shelves

What are My Shelves?

Add items to virtual shelves to keep track of what you're reading, watching and listening to. You can choose Completed, In Progress and For Later.

Shelves can be private only to you or viewable by the public. Learn more about shelf privacy.

View Shelves

  1. Go to the catalog.
  2. In the top right, select Log In / My APL or your user name.
  3. From the drop-down menu, choose the shelf you want.

    My Collections with four options: For Later Shelf, In Progress Shelf, Completed Shelf and Lists
  4. If prompted, log in. You'll be taken to the shelf you selected. 

Add Items from Shelf View

  1. View the desired Shelf from My Collections, then select Add Title button.
  2. Enter a Keyword (title, name or topic) and select the magnifying glass search button .
  3. Find the item you want and select Add.

    Arrow indicating Add button for the book The Tacos of Texas.
  4. When finished adding items, select Done.
Note: If you don't find the item, you cannot add it at this time. 

Add Items from a Search

  1. In the catalog, find an item of interest.
  2. Select For Later to add it to that shelf. Select the down arrow to choose a different shelf. 

Arrow indicating For Later button for the film Boyhood.