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Introducing NYPL's New Catalog


You've asked for better ways to search the Library catalog. You've asked for better tools to connect and collaborate with and through the Library. Now, we're delighted to offer you a preview of the tons of exciting features in the new NYPL catalog, powered by BiblioCommons.

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Account information

What's Changed?

Your My Account information can now be found under My NYPL. The My Borrowing section lists all of your current borrowing activity. From here you can:

  • Renew checked out items.
  • Freeze holds (now called Suspend).
  • Check Account Messages.

You can import your Lists from your previous catalog. Simply click the Import List Items button on your For Later Shelf.

Account information can be updated on the Settings page. To change your phone number or to set-up email or phone notifications you now need to contact the library.

A Saved Searches feature will soon be available to edit and manage your searches.

Instead of My Cart, you can now easily add items to your For Later Shelf. These items are saved there permanently and are easily moved to other shelves (e.g. In Progress). Learn more.

What's New?

In registering for the new catalog you can now personalize your experience. This includes:

  • A new easy-to-remember username for logging in and identifying your contributions.
  • Selecting your relevant interest group(s) (e.g. Teacher, Genealogist etc.), which will soon be used to provide you with custom recommendations.
  • Select your Preferred Branches under Settings, to make it easier to see what's available at your branch and to pre-populate your hold pick-up location.
  • A personal landing page that provides an overview of your borrowing (Checked Out, Overdue, Available Holds), up-to-date information about what others have shared, and what is available from your For Later Shelf.


What's Changed?

Access Author and Subject authority records while you search. The autosuggest tool provides 'See' and 'See also' references right where you need them.

example of Author Brwse tool

**Coming Soon: An Author Browse page for accessing the full index of authority records.

Some of your searches have changed:

  • Find Journal Titles using the regular Title search and narrowing by format.
  • Use the general keyword search to find resources by call number or ISBN.

What's New?

A better search makes it easy to find exactly what you're looking for:

A smarter keyword search and new limiters allow you to narrow and broaden your search on-the-fly. As well as the standard format, language and publication limiters, you can now narrow results by what's available at your branch, date acquired, author, content type and more. Learn more.

The new Advanced Search form and Boolean editor allow you to build complex custom searches. Check out the Tips section.


New Explore Options

What's New?

The New Titles carousel highlights the library's newest additions allowing you to easily explore what's just arrived.

The Awards and Bestsellers pages provide lists of the most highly acclaimed works to explore. See what's new on the New York Times Bestseller List right from the catalog.

Get new ideas of what to borrow by Following other users to get updates of what they have Recently Shared. Learn more.

New Sharing and Organizing Options

What's New?

You can now share your knowledge with the library community by adding ratings, comments, tags and more. Take a look at the Community Activity section for The Help to see what others have been saying. Or create a List on any topic to share with others in the library community (e.g. Great Non-Boring Books on the History Science). Learn more about adding content or creating lists.

What do you like about the library and it's services? What improvements would you like to see made? Use the new feedback form to speak directly to us. Once logged in, it's at the bottom of every page.

Your new Shelves (Completed, In Progress, For Later) allow you to keep track of everything you've read, watched or listen to. Add comments and ratings to record or share what you thought of the title. You can even promote your shelf on Facebook or Twitter. Learn more.

Mobile applications

What's New?

Through BiblioCommons, NYPL now offers mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones as well as mobile web access for all web-enabled mobile devices. Learn more about the NYPL Mobile apps.

Important: In order to use the My Account functions (to place holds and manage your borrowing) in this application, you must be a participant in the preview release of the new NYPL catalog. Go to for more details and to register your account.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is BiblioCommons?

BiblioCommons is the new primary web interface to the New York Public Library's catalog. It enables easy searching, organizing, and sharing of your favorite library materials. It is a shared web service serving over 1 million patrons from more than 40 other libraries across North America besides NYPL.

The NYPL version of BiblioCommons is currently in public preview mode. You are welcome to use it and interact with it, and there will be new software features and details in item records are constantly being updated, with more to come throughout the preview period. When the public preview ends this fall, the BiblioCommons interface will become the default search interface for the NYPL catalog.

Why do I see reviews from people at other libraries? If I rate, review or comment on an item, will my contributions be visible to patrons of other libraries?

The public rating, commenting and sharing features of BiblioCommons are active across all participating libraries. New Yorkers can see the public feedback from patrons of other libraries, and vice versa.

All ratings, comments, tags and lists are public and available to all. Items on each patron's "shelves" can be set to public or private depending on the patron's preference.

Do I have to sign up?

If you register your library card as a BiblioCommons account (by choosing a username and accepting the terms and conditions), you will be able to use it to manage your account (place holds, renew materials, check due dates, etc.). If you do not wish to create an account at this time you can still benefit from the improved search. You will always be able to place holds and check the status of your materials using the classic catalogue, which will remain available at

Have more questions?

You can read the press release for more details. If you'd like to get familiar with how to use the features of BiblioCommons, you can browse the online help. If you'd like to learn more about how we're protecting your privacy while encouraging sharing, we've provided overviews of the terms and conditions and the privacy policies for BiblioCommons and NYPL.

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