The library strives to maintain account confidentiality and privacy and for this reason does not maintain a history of items that patrons have checked out. Once an item is returned, the record of the checkout is removed from the borrower’s account. However, the library's computer system does allow a customer to individually opt-in to maintain a history of checked out items. This is called a “Reading History.”
HOW TO TURN ON READING HISTORY
- Log in to library account with library card number and PIN
- On the left-hand side of the page, click on the account holder’s name to view account information
- Click on Contact Information and Preferences to open the drop-down menu
- Scroll down to the Preferences section:
- Select the “Maintain reading history” checkbox
Important: A warning message will appear. Turning on this feature means storing data that could be accessed by law enforcement officials. Although this is not specified in the warning message, a user who turns on their reading history also makes it viewable by library staff.
- To proceed, click OK on the warning message
- Click on the blue Submit Change Request button, which looks like the following:
- Reading History will appear as a new tab on the left-hand side of the page as in the image below.
The system will now begin tracking items that are checked out and returned.
READING HISTORY LIMITATIONS
Once an item has been checked out, it may take until the next day to reflect in the Reading History list.
Please note that the Reading History depends on the item remaining part of the library’s collection. If, for example, the last copy of an item is lost and the record of the item is removed from the computer system, the item will no longer show in the Reading History.
In addition, the Reading History is kept for a maximum of 7 years. Patrons who are interested in keeping a more permanent record of what they have read are welcome to contact a library staff member for suggestions.