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How to find out what we’ve ordered….

May 2, 2017

Many people are surprised at the volume of new items we purchase – on average, about 400 per month, across all areas.   If you’re curious as to what we’ve ordered, how can you find out? Go to our online catalogue ( and in the search box, leave it empty then click on search. This ‘zero’ search will bring up a huge result.

Now, using your filters on the left side, tick On Order from shelf location, then click on Include.  That will re-run the search and bring up only those items still On Order (ordered, but not received). You can narrow the results down further with filters like Publication Date, or Material Type (book = adult, junior book = child/teen).  Sometimes the Status of the item is confusing :


Ordered Items appear like this.

Ordered means it’s on order;

Available Soon means we have received the item, but it is not ready for issue ;

Available means it’s on the shelves ;

TR_Display means it’s in the library, on a main display shelf and can be checked out ;

On Loan means it’s checked out to someone ;

In Transit means the item is travelling between branches, it can be put on Hold.


Items that are Ordered may still be put on Hold.

You do need to be logged in to place a hold, or to create lists of items – top right of catalogue page, click on Log In. Enter your library membership number (make sure you enter B00 as B zero zero, not B oh oh).  Enter your passcode – if you’ve forgotten, click on the red forgotten your passcode link ; our system will email you your passcode within 15 minutes (please check your junk or spam folder).   Feel free to ask for a lesson within your local library, if you’re unsure how to do this.

Much of our collection is selected by demand meaning that we do buy the majority of items suggested to us by patrons – you can either suggest a purchase direct to a librarian, or fill out a suggestion for purchase form (click on Purchase Suggestions Tab on this blog).

If you need further help with navigating the catalogue, please click on the wheelchair icon on the top right of the catalogue screen, for more tips and tricks.  Happy reading!


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