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Reading History Questions

Can I save reminders of books I want to request in the future from session to session?

What is the Reading History feature and how does it work?

If you wish to keep a list of what you have borrowed, you may sign in on My Account, choose Reading History, and then choose the "Save Reading History" button. This begins the collection of titles you borrow from the Minuteman system. Some patrons have asked for this service as a means of recalling a book or author they liked or for keeping a list of what they have already read. If you are concerned about someone else seeing a list of what you are reading, the safest step is to not choose this option.

Libraries are very concerned about your privacy. Once an item has been returned, the Minuteman Library Network maintains no record of what you borrowed, except as described in our Privacy Policy. However, with the My Reading History option, YOU can decide if you want the computer to keep a list of those titles. You will be able to delete items from your list or 'Opt Out" at any time. To delete titles on your list, simply mark the titles. Then, click on the Delete Marked button.

To opt out of My Reading History all together, you must individually delete all of the titles on your list. Then, click on the Opt Out button. The computer will no longer keep a record of what you borrowed.

Your list can only be accessed by someone with your library card number and your PIN number. [See note 2 below.] The library staff cannot see this information. If others already know your PIN and you are concerned about your privacy, you may wish to change it.

Whether you choose "My Reading History" or not, please be aware that your Minuteman PIN number protects the records of what you have requested and what you have checked out. It is prudent to safeguard your Library PIN as you would an ATM identifier.

Note 1: Backup information remains on Minuteman tapes for up to one month, but cannot be accessed by library staff.

Note 2: You should know that the law does allow law enforcement officers to see any existing library records if they first obtain a subpoena from a judge.

Please speak to a Librarian if you have questions.

Why am I unable to delete items from my Reading History?

If a user's Reading History exceeds 200 entries, entries 201+ in the user's Reading History list cannot be deleted. This has been reported for Internet Explorer only at this time. We recommend that you use Firefox or another browser to delete items if necessary. Our library software vendor is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

One (or more) of the titles in my Reading History is listed as "Information unavailable". Why is this?

Occasionally, due to regular database maintenance or to the withdrawing of items, we must remove records from our database. Unfortunately, this results in the loss of information about titles which may have been in your Reading History.

How can I export the contents of one of my saved Lists or my Reading History in a usable format (like Excel)?

Have you wanted to export (output or download) the contents of one of your saved Lists or your Reading History in a usable format, one that you can use in Excel, for example?

Here are the steps to do just that:

  • Log in to your My Account
  • Display your desired List or your Reading History
  • Click on the "Export List " button
  • Under Format of List, choose Pro-Cite
  • Under Send List To, choose Local Disk
  • Follow prompts to Save and name your file
    • The file will be saved as a comma-delimited text file
  • Open Excel and then use Excel to open your downloaded text file
    • When prompted, indicate that this is a delimited file, using the comma as a delimiter

You can now format the results as desired in Excel, saving only the relevant columns:

Column C: Author
Column F: Title
Column Q: Edition
Column AQ: ISBN
Column AU: Subject Headings


You can also sort your Reading History page by page by Title, Author and Checked Out Date.

I deleted all items in my Reading History but I am still unable to opt-out.

This is a known issue that has been fixed. Please let us know if you are still experiencing this problem.