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Q: “How can I keep track of everything I’ve borrowed?”

Written on: July 8th, 2012 by: cathay in Q & A's

Q:  “How can I keep track of everything I’ve borrowed (read, watched and listened to) from the library?  Does the library keep a list?”

The Permanent List feature that is provided through the Delaware Library Catalog is a handy way to personally keep track of items you have borrowed, or would like to borrow in the future.   You have control of the lists you create and can organize these to suit your needs.

Here’s how:

  1. Just go to the Delaware Library Catalog.
  2. Log into your library account using your 14-digit library card number (with no spaces) and your PIN.
  3. Look on the green bar for “Permanent Lists” and click on that.
  4. First time here, you’ll need to add a list — here are some tips:
    • name the list you’ll create something that makes sense to you.  For example, maybe you’d like to have a list to add items that are about one of your favorite subjects, like dogs, or about your interest in movies!
    • you can add as many lists as you like
    • be sure to make the list you are working with “active” by clicking on “Make List Active”.
    • you can remove and rename any list, anytime
  5. Now search for any item or items you’d like to add.  You can simply click on “New Search” to begin.
  6. When you find books, movies, audio books, and other library items you’d like to add to your list, you should see a checkbox to the left to add it to your list (see image).

That’s all there is to it!  You are on your way to creating lists of items you’d like to read, watch, and listen to in the future, or ones that you have checked out and want to remember.

You also asked if the library keeps a list.  Libraries are dedicated to patron privacy, so after you return items and there are no fines or fees attached to these, they are eliminated from your library account. So permanent lists offer a way for you to privately keep track of items you have read, watched, and listened to as well as those you may be interested in enjoying in the future, privately and securely.

If you ever need any help finding reliable information, please feel free to ask a Delaware librarian, anytime!   You can do this in person at your local library, or online through our Ask a Librarian Delaware virtual reference service at:

We’re glad to be of assistance and we’re 247!