Using the Library Catalog

Search the Library Catalog to find books, audiobooks, movies and music, as well as historic Anaheim photos. The catalog searches both the Anaheim and Placentia Library collections. You may also access your contact information, view items borrowed, renew books, check due dates, status of requests, and fines information.

Note: The request rules for Placentia Library audio books have been changed. Placentia audio books can still be requested by any Placentia or Anaheim Library cardholder, but they have to be picked up at Placentia. The online catalog will no longer allow requests for pick up at Anaheim Libraries. The same request rules apply to the Placentia educational DVDs and Young Adult Graphic Novel collections.

The library catalog makes it easy to:

  • Search Library Materials
    Search the library's holdings by author, title, subject, keyword or series, to find books, movies, music CDs, audiobooks, and historic photos.
  • Check your Account
    You may access your contact information, view items borrowed, renew books, check due dates, status of requests and fines information. You will have to enter your library card number and ID (last 4 digits of your phone number) to access this information. Be sure to log out when finished to protect your personal information.
  • Access Online Reference Tools
    Search full-text magazine and newspaper articles on business,health,educational topics, and more.
  • Browse for Reading Suggestions
    Catalog links to current bestsellers, award winning titles, and book reviews for adults, teens, and kids.

Getting Started

  • Click on Search the Catalog
  • Select a search: Quick, Standard, or Advanced
  • Type a search term in the box(es) and choose the appropriate drop down item
  • If using the standard or advance search you may choose to limit your search by category or location
  • Click the Go button

Search Tips

Use quick search to search for:
  • Author, Keyword, or Title
Use standard search to search for all of the above and:
  • Limit by library location, type of material, or language
  • Sort by year published, title, or call number
Use advanced search to include all of the above and:
  • Combine or exclude search terms
  • Find a series
To search Digital Anaheim for historic photos, choose standard or advanced search:
  • Choose Author Keyword and enter Digital Anaheim
  • Choose Subject or Title Keyword and enter a topic
  • Sort by year if appropriate

Understanding the Results Screen

Once the search results screen appears, you have many options to choose from:
  • Item Information: May include author information, summaries, reviews and links to related subjects
  • Limit Box: You may choose to refine your results with limits for location, type of material or language
  • Request Item: You may request an item if is currently unavailable or needs to be sent from another branch
  • Search History: Shows a list of all the searches made during the current session
  • Sort By: You may choose to sort results by author, title or date
  • View Availability: Which library owns the item? Where is it shelved?