Minuteman Catalog Help
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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What is My Account?
Using My Account, you can not only view the due dates for your items, any fines attached to your items, requested items (holds) but also renew items, request or cancel items, and update your email address.
Can I set up a username or do I always need my library card # for My Account?
You can now set up your own username for logging into your library account.
The next time you log in, you will be able to use your new username along with your PIN.
If you forget your username, you can still log in with your library barcode. Once in My Account, you can go back to Modify Personal Information to view and/or change your username.
NOTE: The system will not allow you to select a username that is already in use.
Can I use my username to log in to use databases?
Yes! You can use your username OR your library card # to log into most databases.
Click here to log in to databases
Your username may not work for Qikan, NetLibrary, OverDrive and selected other Library-provided databases. You can use your library card # with any database that does not accept your username.
We do not recommend that you use your Username for library functions such as museum pass signup and print management software. If you do, you may end up with 2 separate accounts – one tied to your barcode and the other tied to your Username. For assistance if this happens, see staff at your local library.
What is a PIN?
A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is a unique identifier (consisting of 3-30 numbers and/or letters) created by you. Your PIN allows you to access your patron record and place requests.
How do I create a PIN?
If you do not have a PIN at all, follow these steps:
If you've had a PIN in the past but you've forgotten it, you can reset it using the "Forgot your PIN" link at:
I am unable to create a PIN (or, I forgot my PIN or, my PIN is not being recognized)!
If you are unable to create a PIN it is possible that there is already a PIN in your record.
If you have forgotten your PIN or are having trouble setting one up, you can reset it using the "Forgot your PIN" link at:
This only works if there is a valid Email address in your library account.
For privacy reasons, we are unable to determine your old PIN.
I got the error message "Your pin is not complex enough to be secure. Please select another one.". What does this mean?
The system will prevent the creation of PINs that are not complex enough to be secure; a PIN is considered not complex enough if it contains:
I clicked on "Forgot your PIN" but it didn't work.
There are a few possibilities.
For more details continue reading.
The PIN reset function only works if you have an Email address in your patron record. The reset function works by sending you an Email that will give you an opportunity to reset your PIN. If there is no Email address in your record, contact staff at your library to enter your Email address.
If you DO have an Email address, when you click on "Forgot your PIN", you will be prompted to enter your library card number.
You will then see the following message:
"A message has been sent to the email address we have on record for you. Please follow the instructions in that message to reset your PIN. If you do not receive an email, please contact your librarian for assistance."
Now check your Email for instructions to complete the reset process.
The resulting Email will look like this:
The most common problem is that the long URL (web address) is not kept intact if it is displayed on more than one line.
When you click on the link, your email may not keep the entire link intact when it sends it to your browser. Some email programs split up long URLs, making it so that you can't click directly from them to a browser.
In the example above, highlight the entire URL and copy it into your browser.
(In the above example the URL begins with "https://" and ends with "b6a2a".)
To do so, and to make sure you get the entire URL, you need to copy the URL (use your mouse to highlight, then use Ctrl-C on your keyboard to copy). Then paste (keyboard shortcut - Ctrl-V) it to the URL address bar of your browser. Spot check the URL to make sure the entire string was copied and pasted.
How do I change my PIN?
To change your PIN you can use these steps:
In the event you have forgotten your current PIN you can reset it using the "Forgot your PIN" link at:
How do I rate materials in the Minuteman Library network catalog?
Once you are logged in, click on the rating star that indicates how many stars you are assigning.
If you click on the words "Rate It" the system will display the explanation at:
You need to log in to rate items. Just click on the stars and you will be prompted to log in. Once you are logged in, click on the star that corresponds to your rating choice to rate an item.
Gold stars appear for items you have already rated.
Blue stars indicate items that have been rated by other users. Hover your mouse over any of your ratings to find out what others have rated the same item
White stars or stars with question marks are unrated items. Log in and be the first one to give your opinion.
You will only need to click on the star that corresponds to your rating choice.
For example to give a title 5 stars, click on the rightmost star.
Once you have indicated a rating, the stars will turn gold to indicate that you have already rated the material.
To review the ratings that you have submitted:
How can I change my rating on a particular title if I change my mind or make a mistake?
To change your rating:
Beginning October 13, 2008 why am I not able to Access My Account?
You now need to enable "cookies" in your browser.
The software upgrade installed on 10/13/2008 requires that the user's browser be set to allow cookies for a session in order to allow access to My Account.
Instructions for allowing cookies in:
For Internet Explorer users, suggested settings for enabling session cookies:
If you have a preset (with a slider) privacy setting:
Tools --> Internet Options --> Privacy tab --> Slide settings to Med-High or lower
If you have a Custom privacy setting:
Tools --> Internet Options --> Privacy tab --> Advanced
Override automatic cookie handling
Accept - First-party Cookies
Always allow session cookies
For Firefox users, suggested settings for enabling session cookies:
Tools --> Options --> Privacy tab --> Accept cookies from sites --> (also, Accept third-party cookies, if available)
For Safari users, suggested settings for enabling session cookies:
Edit --> Preferences --> Security tab -->
Choose either "Always" or "Only from site you navigate to"
Can I check My Account without accessing the catalog?
Yes. Go the Minuteman's homepage at http://www.mln.lib.ma.us/ and select the "My Account" link under the Minuteman Catalog link.
How can I update my email address?
Go to My Account and select Modify Personal Information. Enter your email address and select Submit.
To update your Email address for Minuteman's Digital Media Service from OverDrive (downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks) see: http://help.overdrive.com/article/0162/How-to-change-your-email-address-for-hold-notifications
How can I change my pickup location?
Go to My Account and select Modify Personal Information. Select you pickup location under "Choose your default pickup location" and click Submit.
What is the "Expiration Date" I see in My Account?
Library card registrations periodically expire so that library staff can be sure that information such as your mailing address, email address and phone number are up-to-date.
If your library card account has expired, contact your local Minuteman library to update your account. Once you have verified your contact information, staff will update your expiration date.
Can I renew an item online?
Renew online by going to My Account. You will need to enter your library card number and PIN. If you don't have a PIN, leave the field blank and you will be prompted to create one.
The catalog displays your patron record information.
Click on the link Item(s) Currently Checked Out. The catalog displays the items that you have currently checked out. To renew everything on your account click on the button Renew All. To renew selected items on your account, click the check box to the left of the items you want to renew. Click on the Renew Selected Items button. Check for a confirmation message and the new due date(s).
My renewal request didn't work!
The catalog will not renew items under the following conditions:
What do I do if I believe I've returned an item but it is still on my account?
If the item was returned recently, please allow a few days before contacting the library. After that time, contact the library where you returned the item and let them know that you believe you have returned an item that is still on your account. Ask the library where you returned the items to do a shelf check for the item. If the item is not on the shelf at the library where you returned it, you will need to contact the library that owns the item. That library can also check their shelves for the item you returned. Only the library that owns the item can resolve the issue on your account.
I got a new library barcode and now I can't log in to my account.
When your library account was updated with a new barcode number, that new barcode became functional immediately.
Your Internet Browser may have been set up to remember passwords for sites you regularly visit. If you type your name and your computer automatically inserts a string of numbers (ex: 21234567890123) in the "Library Card #" box, this is most likely what’s happening. To fix this problem, just highlight the incorrect numbers and type in your new barcode number. Your browser will ask you if you want it to associate this new password with the page you are visiting. Just say "yes" to this question box, and you should have no problem viewing your record. The next time you try to log in to your account, your browser will automatically enter the new barcode number for you.
When I tried to renew material, I got a message saying: You cannot renew items because your registration has expired". How do I renew my registration?
You can renew your library card registration by contacting any Minuteman library and asking to extend your registration. Staff will confirm your contact information and extend your registration.
When I signed into "My Account" my items were renewed, but I am sure that I didn't renew them. What happened?
We have discovered that creating a bookmark to "My Account", if it is made AFTER logging into "My Account", can result in this problem of unwanted renewals. Specifically, if you log into "My Account", renew all of your checked out items and then create a bookmark to "My Account" you are actually creating a bookmark to the "Renew All" function.
To prevent this from happening you MUST change your bookmark to point to the URL https://library.minlib.net/patroninfo/ .
You can use the following steps:
Once I am logged in and placing requests, how do I view My Account?
Select the "View My Account" link, which is available at the top, right of the screen when you are logged in to My Account.
How can I tell which items can be renewed?
This system does not calculate the eligibility for renewal when you view your checked out items. You must actually renew your items to see which ones can be renewed. Many more items are eligible for renewal online in comparison to our previous system. We have sent this in to our catalog software vendor as an enhancement for a future release.
How is the new due date calculated when I renew materials?
When you renew an item, the new due date is calculated from the date you perform the renewal. The additional time is NOT added on to the end of the original loan period.
For example, if you check out an item with a 3-week loan period on January 2, 2008, the original due date is January 23, 2008 (3 weeks). If you renew that item on January 9, then the new due date will be January 30, 2008, that is, 3 weeks after the date of the renewal.
To get the maximum time on your loan, you should perform any renewals very close to the due date.
NOTE: If your Email address is in your patron record, you will receive an Email Library Reminder 2 days before your material is due.
When I choose the checked out items or outstanding holds links, I keep getting asked for my library card number and PIN. What is going on?
Those 2 features in My Account do not work when Internet Explorer's Content Advisor is enabled. Our catalog software company recommends turning off the Content Advisor in order to use these 2 functions. To disable Content Advisor, select Internet Options from the Tools menu. Click on the Content tab. Under the Content Advisor section click the Disable button. Click Ok to save the settings. Restart Internet Explorer.
Can AOL subscribers using the AOL browser use the My Account function?
AOL users who use the AOL browser may receive a "566 Response HTTP Version Unsupported" error. AOL's web browser is known to have difficulties with My Account. We suggest using AOL to connect to the Internet and then opening another web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox to search the catalog and use the My Account function.
Can Walmart subscribers using the Walmart browser use the My Account function?
Walmart's web browser is known to have difficulties with My Account. We suggest using Walmart to connect to the Internet and then opening another web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox to search the catalog and use the My Account function.
When I check the display of Request (hold) outstanding, how can I tell what items are waiting for me at my library (Pickup Location column)?
The words "Ready. Pick up by xx-xx-xx" in the status column tell you that your request is ready.
If the Status column in the My Account Holds display says:
Because of a bug in the system if you see only the status "READY FOR PICKUP" your item may not be available at the library. Please call the library you pick up at to verify that the item is there for you.
Sometimes when I check My Account, the information displayed about my Items currently checked out or my Requests does not appear to be current.
The most probable cause of older data displaying when you are at home is that your browser settings are such that cached (saved) data is being displayed.
The solution is to clear the cache in your browser.To delete temporary internet files in IE:
Click on "View", "Internet Options", under the General tab in the Temporary Internet Files section, click on "Delete Files." It will ask you if you want to delete all temporary files to which you would answer "Yes." Also make sure you check the box that says "Delete all offline content." Note that you can remove cookies at this point (subscription content) but this is not recommended, so leave that option unchecked.Emptying cache (temporary Internet files) in Netscape Communicator:
Click on "Edit", "Preferences" and double-click "Advanced." Click once on "Cache" and from the right side of the window select "Clear Disk Cache." It will confirm that you want to remove all the files in your disk cache to which you answer "Yes."Emptying cache (temporary Internet files) in Mozilla Firefox:
Click on "Tools", "Options." Click on the "Privacy" category. Scroll down to the bottom and click on "Clear" to the right of the Cache subcategory.
Does the Minuteman web site provide a secure transmission (SSL) when I use "My Account"?
Yes, as of March 2, 2006 the dialog with the Minuteman system under "My Account" is a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection. Your "My Account" data is encrypted and transmitted securely between our server and your computer.
NOTE: If you had set up your browser to auto-complete your barcode prior to this date, you may need to re-enter the barcode once again to have it remembered by your browser.
I re-entered my Library card #, but I am still unable to get Internet Explorer to remember my Library Card # and PIN, what should I do?
Remembering usernames and passwords is a feature of the browser software and not of the MLN web site.
Please check the following:
I understand how to use IE to remember my Library Card # and PIN, but that isn't what I wanted. Your site used to remember JUST my Library Card # and not my PIN, can I get that back?
The SSL certificate we have added has made the MLN catalog web pages more secure. One result of this is that now some browsers, such as Internet Explorer, see the Library Card # and PIN as a "Username" and "Password", which technically they are. However, unless you have checked (in AutoComplete) to save "User names and passwords on forms" and "Prompt me to save passwords" Internet Explorer will not save this information.
The reason that IE previously saved your Library Card number, without this option checked, is because on our "unsecure" website (prior to March 2nd) IE just considered the Library Card # field "Form" information (like your name or email address). And, as such, remembering it was only controlled by the "Form" checkbox in the AutoComplete settings. This is a feature of how IE works, and not something we can control.
Because of the distinction that Internet Explorer makes, we can not force your browser to remember your library card number if it sees it as secure information (a username) that it would need your permission to remember.
Our recommendations, if you need to have your browser remember your "My Account" information for you, are to either:
see the question below, How do I enable Internet Explorer's AutoComplete feature?
Firefox views the Library Card number differently than IE does (as a piece of Form information, not as a username), so therefore you can check off to save form info and not passwords and have it work as before (but not in IE).
Firefox can be downloaded here: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
How do I enable Internet Explorer's AutoComplete feature?
I use Internet Explorer and when I try to access "My Account" I get the error "The page cannot be displayed". How do I fix this?
You need to enable Internet Explorer to use SSL.
Go to: Tools --> Internet Options --> Advanced
In the Advanced tab, scroll down to the security settings.
Be sure that you have check marks next to the following:
Use SSL 2.0
Use SSL 3.0
Use TLS 1.0
I am a Firefox user and when I try to access "My Account", a message box pops up that says "Error trying to validate certificate from library.minlib.net using OCSP - unauthorized request."
In order for our SSL certificate to be accepted by your Firefox browser you need to disable a Firefox security option labeled "Use OCSP to validate only certificates that specify an OCSP service URL". In the future our SSL vendor will be providing us with an updated certificate that will function correctly with this new Firefox feature.
In the meantime you can fix this by going to (in Firefox):
Select the option for, "Do not use OCSP for certificate validation".
UPDATE (4/10/2006): The OCSP issue has been fixed by our SSL vendor. If you still experience this problem please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am using Opera (8.52 or higher) and I am having trouble accessing "My Account".
Opera users (versions 8.52 and higher) currently experience problems with some SSL certificates. Our SSL certificate vendor is working on resolving the problem and will provide us with an updated certificate as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, you can use other browsers to access the "My Account" portion of our web site. We have also found that an earlier version of Opera (8.50) is able to access the site fine as well.
Earlier versions of Opera are available here: http://www.opera.com/download/index.dml?custom=yes
UPDATE (4/10/2006): This issue has been resolved. The MLN catalog will now work with all Opera versions. If you still experience this problem please contact us at: email@example.com
Can I pay my Fines and Fees with a credit card?
Yes, beginning on November 1, 2007 you can pay your library fines online using a credit card.
What credit cards are accepted by the Minuteman Library network?
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Switch and Solo.
How will my library payments appear on my credit card statement?
The credit card statement will list "Minuteman" as the vendor. However, if your payment is pending you may see the transaction listed as PayPal until the transaction has been processed by your credit card company.
Is my credit card transaction secure when I pay a library fine?
Yes. The credit card payment is done using a secure (SSL – Secure Socket Layer) connection. The Minuteman Library Network does not store any credit card data.
How do I pay my library fines online?
Log in to My Account (https://library.minlib.net/patroninfo/). Click on the link that says "$xx.xx in unpaid fines and bills". Click on the Pay Online button and follow the instructions to choose which fines you wish to pay, and to provide your personal information and credit card information. If you uncheck any of the fines, click on the Recalculate button to calculate the new total.
Will I get a receipt for my payment?
Once your payment is accepted, you will see a confirmation screen that you can print as your receipt. If you have provided an Email address, you will also receive an Email receipt as well.
What if my payment is not accepted?
If for any reason your payment is not accepted, you can visit your Minuteman library to pay your fines.
What do I do if I've found an item that I paid for already? Can I get a refund?
Minuteman is not able to provide refunds on your credit card. All Minuteman Libraries have their own policies regarding refunds for lost items. Some libraries do not provide refunds for lost and paid material. Contact your local library for more information.
Can I save reminders of books I want to request in the future from session to session?
Yes, you can use the My Lists feature to save items to your Account for later access.
You can also use the My Lists feature for:
What is the difference between "Save to My Lists" and "Add to Bag"
Both Bags and Lists are used to collect lists of titles that can be requested, printed, e-mailed, or saved to one's account for later reference.
A "Bag" is temporary and exists only during a given session. Once you navigate away from the Minuteman website the contents of your Bag will disappear.
"Lists" are saved to a patron’s account for as long as desired. These Lists can be accessed whenever a patron logs in to My Account. Multiple Lists can be maintained in a patron's account.
How do I add a single title to a List from a search results screen?
1. Go to the Minuteman Catalog: http://library.minlib.net
Please note that you cannot add a single item to a list in the new catalog (Encore) but rather, Add desired items to a cart - View Cart and then add them to My Lists.
How do I add multiple titles to a List at one time?
If you know you will want to save multiple titles to a list during your session, it may be quicker to save your titles to a session Bag, and then save all of the titles in the Bag to a list.
1. Log in to "My Account".
2. Search for the item(s) you are interested in.
3. For each title you want to save, click on "Add to Bag".
4. To view the list of titles in the Bag, click on "View Bag".
5. Click "Save to My Lists" Note: All items listed in your Bag (checked or unchecked) will be saved to your list.
6. From the drop-down menu, choose an existing list or Create a new list.
7. Click Submit. A confirmation message will appear in red.
8. Click "Empty Bag" or the "Back" button to return to your search results.
How do I view the contents of My Lists and what else can I do with My Lists?
When in the "View My Account" mode, click on "My Lists" in the top, right navigation section.
Click on the name of the List you wish to view.
When viewing the contents of a List you have the following options options:
If I delete one of my Lists (or my Reading History), can I get it back?