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What is The Catalog?
The Catalog is the online collection of almost all eiNetwork public libraries in Allegheny County. There are approximately 3.5 million items listed in the catalog, and they include: books, videos, DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMs, eBooks, audiotapes, magazines and more!
How can I get a Library Card?
Go to any of the 70+ eiNetwork public libraries and sign up for a free library card. You need a current proof of address. Underage children need a guardian to sign for them. If you live outside of Allegheny County, check with your local library for policies.
Can I search The Catalog from home?
Yes, you can! As long as you can connect to the Internet, you can search by going to:
Connecting to The Catalog
Here are the minimum requirements for our site:
For Windows:
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher with all appropriate Windows Updates
  • Java enabled
  • Cookies enabled: per session and permanent
  • Disable Popup Blockers for all features of the Book Cart to work
  • Do not use the AOL browser
For MAC:
Javascript capable
If you are still having problems, please check these settings or check with your ISP:
  • How are you connecting to the Internet (type of ISP)?
  • What Operating System are you using (Win 98, XP)?
  • What web browser are you using?
  • Can you search The Catalog?
  • When you select My Account, does it ask for name and card number?
  • How far do you get, and what type of error is received?
Not Able to Access My Account?
If you are using a firewall at home or at work, they may be blocking our port numbers to get to My Account because it isn't a standard web port. You'll need to open the firewall in order to get access. Port 2620 must be open.
General Tips
  • Use upper or lower case letters -- it doesn't make a difference in your search.
  • Punctuation is optional; you may leave out commas, colons, periods or apostrophes.
  • Spelling can affect your search results. Misspelled words can lead to an error message or a "no results" message.
  • For author, title, subject searches, if you are unsure of a spelling, type as much of the word or last name as you know.
  • When performing a Title search, type as much of the Title as you know starting with the first word. Do not type A, An or The, if they are the first words of the title.
  • For keyword searches, spelling must be exact.
  • Always type the LAST NAME first.
  • Remember, you are searching a county-wide catalog system. If you are having trouble locating an item in one library, try expanding your search to a region or to the entire county, by using the Look in the following location. As always, you can request an item and it will be delivered to the library of your choice.
  • To request an item, you must have a valid library card from a participating eiNetwork library.
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