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Library Search - Frequently Asked Questions

On May 5, 2014 the University of Windsor Leddy Library and Paul Martin Law Library will jointly implement a shared library management and discovery service. These FAQs provide some basic information about the changes users can expect to see. They will be updated with additional information periodically, so please refer back often.

Last updated:  May 29, 2014

1. Why is a new online system being introduced?

In a word - functionality - in both the back-end and the public side of the system, functionality will be greatly improved. The integrated search capabilities of the new system will offer deeper and more comprehensive results through a 'single search' because it will reach across library catalogues, digital databases and digitized collections available through both campus libraries, as well as publicly available open access sites.

2. Which databases will be included by this 'single search'?

Basically, almost everything! The scope includes library catalogue entries for books, videos and music; most library fulltext journal article and ebook databases; Scholarship at uWindsor and multiple other sources of digitally available content. More will be added as the migration progresses.

In this way, the 'single search' accomplishes multiple searches at once, saving you time by expanding your discovery of materials in places which might have previously been overlooked.

3. Can I search just for books if I want to?

Yes! The new search interface offers a 'faceted' system to refine search results by different attribures including format (book, article), location (Leddy, Law) and subject (literature, chemistry) or numerous other facets.

4. Will I still be able to view my personal library account information?

Yes, you'll be able to see which books you've got out on loan and when they're due back, plus any fines you may owe, and you can place a "hold" on a book that's checked out to ensure you're in line to get it when it's returned.

5. When is all this going to happen?

We are live now! The launch date was Monday May 5, 2014. During the summer months, library staff and librarians will be busy learning, tweaking, training and improving the new system as we become more familiar with it's capabilities. If you've got suggestions, make sure to share them with us by clicking here!|

6. How do my books get renewed?

Our new system renews your books for you automatically.

If you are a faculty member, staff member, or a graduate student, your books will be renewed automatically for you every month for 1 year from the date you took them out of the library.

If you are an undergraduate, an Alumni, or a community borrower, your books will be renewed automatically for you every 2 weeks for 4 months from the date you took them out of the library.

To learn more about your borrowing privileges, click here.

If you have further questions, please call 519-253-3000 x3402 or email us at

7. Can I still put a book on hold?

Holds are now called "requests." Requests can only be placed on items which are checked out and not presently available in the library. Requests cannot be placed on course reserve items. If you'd like to know more about placing a request on an item, click here.

8. When I am searching the catalogue, I'd like to narrow down my results. Is there an easy way to do do?

The catalouge allows you to apply a filter to your results after you have done a search. Notice the links at the left hand side of the results screen where you can select to show electronic resources or available items, or you can limit by Library, Collection Type, Subject, Name, or Date.

9. When I am doing a search, can I email/print my results?

For individual records, click on the details tab and select the email option from the actions button drop down menu. When there are multiple records you wish to send, begin by clicking on the tiny star (it will fill in with orange) to the left of the titles to place these items in the e-Shelf. Select the e-Shelf link (at the top right corner of the catalogue) to view your marked records. Email or print selected items in your list.

10. What is "my account" used for when I'm in the library catalogue?

You may click on the My Account link (located at the top right corner of the catalogue) to see what items you have checked out, to check fines and hold requests. Once logged in, you will have access to other features such as e-Shelf, saved searches, and alerts.

11. Does my account keep my circulation history?

No. The system does not keep track of what you have borrowed in the past. It only keeps track of what you have out at the moment. Once you return your items, the system has no memory of this information. We suggest that if you want to keep a record, that you keep your "loan receipt emails" or "borrowing activity reports" that are sent to you when you borrow materials.

12. When does my session with the system time out?

Your session will automatically time out after 30 minutes of inactivity. At that time, your session will restart.

13. How can I find the most recent edition of an item?

Once you have identified the title, click on the "number of versions" link at the far right. Doing this changes the display to show all versions of this title. Above the results, click on the "sorted by" drop down menu and choose "date-newest."

Video Introduction to One Stop Search