My Shelves

Your My Shelves pages enable you to keep track of library items you’ve borrowed, or plan to borrow in the future.

The Completed shelf is where you can store everything you’ve read, watched or listened to. In Progress is the place for what you are reading, watching or listening to right now. For Later is like a wish list, a place to keep track of the books, movies and music you’d like to borrow in the future.

When you are viewing one of the shelves, use the categories in the left sidebar to zero in on a smaller group of titles on your shelves. For example, you can filter your For Later shelf to show only DVDs you’d like to check out.

You can add to your shelves from just about anywhere: an item’s details page, search results, awards and bestseller lists, another patron’s shelves, and many other pages. Look for the Add to My Shelves link. You can also add an item directly by using the Add New Title link on any of the shelves.

Items that you star-rate, comment on, tag, or summarize that are not already on your Completed shelf will be added to it.

Viewing Your Shelves

To view your shelves, click My… on the menu bar, and then click CompletedIn Progress or For Later under the My Shelves heading.

By default, titles are sorted by the date you added them, most recent first. By clicking the Sort by dropdown list at the top of the page, you can sort by date added, title, rating, or author.

Adding, Moving and Removing Items from Your Shelves

► To add a title to your shelves
  1. From any of an item’s details page, search results, awards and bestseller lists, or another patron’s shelves, click the Add to My Shelves link next to the item.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select the appropriate shelf: CompletedIn Progress or For Later.


  1. Go to your CompletedIn Progress or For Later shelf.
  2. Click Add New Title.
  3. Search for the title you want to add.
  4. Click the Add link.
  5. Search for additional items if required, and then close the popup window.

Once you’ve borrowed a title that was on your For Later shelf, you’ll want to move it to your In Progress shelf. Similarly, once you’ve finished a book that was on your For Later shelf, you can move it to your Completed shelf.

► To move a title to a different shelf

  1. Go to your Completed, In Progress or For Later shelf.
  2. Click the Move to link.
  3. From the dropdown menu, click the appropriate shelf.

You can also remove a title from your shelves if you no longer want it to appear there.

► To remove a title from your shelves

  1. Click the checkbox next to the title you want to remove.
  2. At the top or bottom of the page, click the Remove button to permanently remove the title from your shelves.

Notes: Items remain on your shelves unless you remove them, even if the library no longer owns the title you added.

If you remove a title from a shelf, any content you have added, such as a rating or comment, is removed as well, and will no longer be visible if you search for and view that title again.

Changing How Titles Are Displayed

You can customize how titles are displayed on your shelves. This includes specifying whether or not you see images, and the number of items on the page. Which settings you choose may depend on the speed of your Internet connection.

To change how the titles are displayed, click a different icon at the top of the page: Cover View or List View.

To change the number of items on the page, scroll to the bottom of the page, and then select 10 or 25from the per page dropdown list box.

Filtering Your Shelves

You can further sort the titles on your shelves by using the Narrow Shelf feature in the left sidebar. For details, see Filtering Search Results and Shelves.

Changing the Shared View

By default, items on your CompletedIn Progressand For Later shelves are public. You decide how much or how little of your shelves you’d like to share with others.

To exclude a title from public view, click the Add Details link to the right of the title to display the dropdown menu, and then click the Keep privatecheckbox. Private items have a small lock icon next to them.

Adding Content to Titles

Rating, tagging and adding comments are great ways to enrich the library’s catalog and to make it easier to navigate your shelves. Remember that you can always add more to a title you’ve rated, tagged or reviewed.

► To add details to a title

  1. Move the mouse pointer over the title on your Completed or In Progress shelf. To rate the title, click the star representing the rating you want to give.
  2. To add other information, click the Add Details link, and then click the type of information you want to add.
  3. Add your comments, tags or other content.

Note: For information on the different types of information you can add, see the individual help topics on star-rating, comments, tagging, summarizing, quotations, age suitability, and content advisories.