How do I get a library
Stop in at your local Plum
Creek library and ask to sign up. The card is free. You will need to
fill out a Plum Creek Library System application form and present a
photo ID. Children will need a parent or guardian to sign the
application form. Print out an application
What is my PIN ?
Your PIN is
the last four numbers of your library card ID code. If
you have difficulty accessing your account, please contact your
How do I access my
online patron account?
In our online catalog,
go to the upper right corner of the page. Enter your 14 digit PCLS
library card barcode and the last four numbers of this code as your
PIN. Click Login to the eLibrary OPAC. Click on My Account in the main navagation bar. In the My Account box, you can choose to review your account, renew materials, change your PIN, or change your address.
do I find books online?
You can search for books and
other materials in our online catalog.
Enter a title, author, or a subject in the Quick Search box and click Search
search the entire PCLS catalog. If you want to search a specific
library's catalog, first select that library from the Library pull down
menu in the top right of the page and then enter your search info.
Click Advanced Search to do more detailed
How do I reserve
Log into your Plum Creek Library account using the the Login box in the upper right of the Home page. You can search for materials by using the Quick Search box on the Home page or click on Advanced Search and search by Author, Title or Subject. Advanced Search
also allows you to
search by material type (book, DVD, audio cassette). Once you
have found an item
you want to reserve, click the Place Hold link below the blue Keep button
to the right . On the Place Hold screen, verify that the library listed in the Pickup At
box is the library you want to pick up the item; the default selection
is your home library (where you registered and received a library
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you verify the LOCATION here.
you want the hold to expire after after a certain number of days, click
the icon to the right of the Expiration Date
and choose your expiration date from the popup calendar. When finished, click the Place Hold button and you
will see a "Hold(s) Placed "
message. To place a hold on an item from a specific library,
first choose that library from the list below the search box on the Home page. You can also choose a library in the Advanced Search screen. Next, do your item
The search results shown will be from the selected library
only. Click the Keep
button to the right of an item to enter the item into a saved list to view later. You can access this list by clicking on the Kept link on the green navigation bar above the Search Results . Holds from this list must be placed on the individual item; you cannot place holds on all items in the kept list at once.
How do I renew books online?
You can renew
books online in the catalog
portion of our Web site. Log into your online profile and click My Account on the main navagation bar. In the My Account box, choose Renew My Materials, place a check in
the box next to the item(s) you wish to renew, and click the Renew
Selected Items button below the list.
do I return Items?
You can return items to any
Plum Creek member library, regardless of where the items were checked
How do I get a book I
can't find in the PCLS catalog?
You can search
Gateway, which will access most Minnesota libraries,
including public library systems, public and private colleges and
universities, schools, and state agencies. Use the Get It button to the
right of the item title and log in with your PCLS library ID,
PIN/password, and select the location where you would like to pick the
item up. Your PIN/password number is the last four digits of your
library card bar code.