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How Do I: use the eshelf/ My Account?

How to get started using the Evergreen State College Library.

How to use

where to find the eshelf

The library "e-shelf" acts similar to a shopping cart or library bookshelf, in this case.

How or why would I use this feature?

  • Store items for research 
  • Organize items using folders and notes


How to Use the e-Shelf

1. Perform search in library catalog

2. Select item by clicking on star icon to the left of the title

select star icon to left of title


3. Item is added to your e-Shelf - To check, click e-Shelf (in the upper-right hand corner of any page in the catalog)

item added to eshelf

my account link

My Account features allow you to renew items, check due dates and the status of Summit requests, see if you have fines, or any other message from the library.


Check the status of your due date(s) or renew items that can be renewed.

NOTE: Summit items cannot be renewed.

LIBRARY HACK: You can request another copy of the same item via Summit a week before the due date to get another copy of the same item. 


Check on the status of different types of requests:

Type: Summit - items you have requested via Summit. Check the Status column to see if your item is on its way 

  • Status: Request sent to partner = request sent to owning Summit libraries
  • Status: Shipped Physically = the item is on its way to us
  • Status: Physically received by library = it is available for checkout (commence happy dancing!)
  • Status: Loaned item to patron = you have checked the item out

Type: Hold - these are local holds placed on items we own at Evergreen. 

You can even cancel requests that have not been shipped. Under the ACTION column, select Cancel.


Queries are the searches you have performed during a session. You can use this function to:

  • review searches within a session to recall results
  • save queries for use later
  • setup alerts for new items added to your area of interest/research

Review searches within one session to recall results:

In this example, I had already performed 3 searches. I searched using keywords:

  • owls
  • libba bray
  • rainbow rowell

this sessions

By clicking on my Queries tab, I can choose to perform these searches again.


Save queries for use later and setup alerts:

1. Do a search, in this example, I used the author Rainbow Rowell

2. Click Save Query 

save your search query


3. Name your query

 save or save and alert

4. Choose:

  • Save: allows you to revisit the results whenever you choosesave only option
  • Save & alert: will send notices of new items added to your search query                     

NOTE: Alerts typically go out at 12PM each day. 

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