Library Introduces New Look, Features

Personalization and organization a click away

By: Christy Berry

At the beginning of Spring Quarter 2008, Walla Walla University Library rolled out a new attractive design for their Library Catalog. The Library Catalog searches all of Walla Walla University's Library holdings, including books, films, periodicals, and other material types. It is accessible from the library’s web page (library.wallawalla.edu) or by visiting dewey.wallawalla.edu.

Along with the new design are some additional features, including:

Create Your Account

Select the Login button at the top right hand corner of the Library Catalog Screen. From here you may enter your name and your ID number and select submit. You’ll have the opportunity to set up a password which you can then use to access many of the features available through the new catalog.  

Renew Books Online
Logging in to your library account allows you to view items checked out, items on hold, and items you have requested via Summit Borrowing. By selecting the “Checked Out Items” button, you can view all items you have checked out through Walla Walla University Libraries and Summit Borrowing. From this screen you can renew all or some of your items.

Change Personal Information
You may update your address, phone number, or preferred email by selecting the “Change Personal Information” button on the right hand side of the screen.  Keep in mind that the library refreshes information from the registrar’s office every quarter, so you will also want to update your information there.

Preferred Searches
Once logged in, you may save preferred searches in your account. This could be a search for an author, a keyword search, or a Library of Congress Subject Heading search.  In order to do so:

  1. Complete a search, including any limits you might prefer.
  2. When your results are displayed, click the button marked “Save as preferred search.”
  3. The next time you login, you can click the “Preferred Searches” and it will show you all of your saved searches.


Receive alerts when materials are added

If you are doing work in a particular subject area and would like to be alerted when the library adds an item relevant to your research, you may use the Preferred Searches to do this. Once you have set up your Preferred Searches, Check the “Mark for Email” box and be sure that your personal information includes your current email address.

Rate Materials

After logging in, you can help others by rating the books that you used for a research project that were really helpful (or not so helpful!) to you.

As always, if you have any questions about using the library or your library account feel free to call the library at 509-527-2134, or email the reference librarian at christy.berry[at]wallawalla.edu.

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