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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 My Reading History, and then choose the Opt In 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.
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:
You can now format the results as desired in Excel, saving only the relevant columns:
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.