Click to search the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Skip Navigation

Catalog Power Users: Import Your Lists


You know who you are. You have your barcode memorized. Your hold requests are always maxed out. You juggle lists of TO READ and HAVE READ and SOMEDAY and NOT YET PUBLISHED. Now you are exploring the many new options available to you in our new catalog, and maybe geeking out just a little bit.

You are a library catalog superuser, and we salute you!

If you have made lists in our old catalog and want to move them over, here are the steps.

The classic catalog interface allows you to create multiple lists and email, print or send them to a storage device. The new catalog gives you more options... you can share your lists with others, making their contents public or keep track of what you plan to read or have already read.

First you will need to register for BiblioCommons.

Once you're in, go to My NYPL → My Collections → My Shelves → For Later.

Click the Import List Items button to begin the transfer process. Once clicked, depending on the number of lists and items in your lists, the transfer can take a little bit of time. Go for a walk around the block, or browse around our new titles maybe?

The important thing to note is that while all of the individual items will transfer over, the lists they were on will not. You will have to recreate the lists in BiblioCommons. Luckily it is very easy to do.

Click on each item in the list and choose the option Save to a List. For the first item in each list, choose Create a New List. For each subsequent item you can save to an Existing List. You can also try watching this video on creating lists. Keep in mind that you can decide the privacy level of each new subject list you create, and choose to make it public or private.

By default, items on your Completed or In Progress shelves are public. You decide how much or how little of your shelves you’d like to share with others. To exclude a title from public view, click the Add Details link to the right of the title to display the pull-down menu, and then click the Keep private checkbox. Private items have a small lock icon next to them.

Items you add to For Later are private by default.

Tell us all about your awesome newfound listmaking abilities!


Patron-generated content represents the views and interpretations of the patron, not necessarily those of The New York Public Library. For more information see NYPL's Website Terms and Conditions.

Post new comment

Chat with a librarian now