Advice on searching and using the library catalogue

What can I look for on the library catalogue?

You can search for books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers on the catalogue.

There are also two other catalogues available to customers. You can search for eBooks and eAudiobooks and eMagazines.

Can I manage my account online?

Yes. Go to the library catalogue and select "My Account. You'll need your borrower number and PIN. You can:

  • renew your items
  • place holds
  • check if you owe any money for holds or late fees
  • pay any outstanding charges by going to the “pay library charges” link in the left hand menu

Can I place holds on items which aren't in stock at my local library or which are on loan to another customer?

Yes. There is a small charge to place a hold. You'll need your borrower number and PIN. You can get a PIN by contacting your local library. You can browse the library catalogue in the library, or at home on the library website, and we will send the books you choose to any Derby City Library for you to collect. So you’ll never run out of new books to read.

Can I get help with the catalogue?

If you need help with the catalogue, please ask the staff - they will be happy to help you. There are also help pages on the catalogue.

Are there other ways to access the catalogue?

You can search the catalogue using a variety of mobile devices, smart phones, for example.

Library app

If you experience any difficulties and you have an iPhone, there is another option. Go to the App Store and search for "Derby City Libraries”. Download the app called “DerbyLibraries” to:

  • Search by barcode: Use your device’s camera to scan the barcode on a book or other item and search for available copies at Derby City Libraries.
  • Search the Derby City Libraries catalogue for items by title, author, subject, or general keyword and place holds on interesting items.
  • Manage your account
  • Find suggested reading - see what your friends have read and recommend with reading recommendations from Goodreads or check out the latest best-selling and award-winning titles

Using the catalogue for research or homework

When you do a search on the catalogue you’ll notice records from a range of Oxford reference works amongst the results. Follow the link and you can login into the reference work using your library ticket.

Results from our other databases are also available - these can be found under the "Databases" tab at the top left of the screen.

If you just want to search a particular database on the catalogue, then rather than search “Everything” select "Oxford University Press", "Gale 19th Century British Newspapers" or "Newsbank UK" from the drop down list and only results from that database will be returned.

You can see more information about our information databases in the eReference Library.

How we contact you?

We would like to be able to contact you to tell you that your books are ready for collection and to return your books when they become overdue.
You can still receive letters by post, but there is a charge for this.
To make things fast and simple, you can opt to receive alerts by email.