|Library Catalog Help
Searching in the OCLN Catalog
How to Search
Tips for Author Searches
Tips for Title Searches
Tips for Subject Searches
Working with Search Results
Locating an Item
Accessing Your Account
Review My Account, PIN Change,
in the OCLN Catalog
You can search for books, videos, audios and other library materials in
the libraries of the Old Colony Library Network.
finds records containing the words you
brings you to an alphabetical list of authors, titles or subjects.
finds records that exactly match your
the category in which you want to search, e.g. title, author, words or phrase.
the location where you want to search
All allows you to search all 26
libraries in the OCLN network.
you need the item today, you may want to limit your search to Brockton
– All Locations or to one of the three locations within the Brockton
Public Library System.
on the Search button.
for Author Searches
can type the names in any order, but typing it last name first will be more
helpful if you misspell one of the names.
author doesn’t just need to be the writer of a book. It can also be an actor
in a movie or a singer on a CD.
for Title Searches
If you are sure of the
the first few words of the title in the Search
in the circle next to Browse.
search will bring up your title within an alphabetical list of titles. Click on
your title to view a list of matching items.
If you can only remember
certain words in the title:
words from the title in the Search For box.
Try to avoid common words like “the,” “is,” and “for.”
the circle next to Keyword
search will bring you to a list of records with those words in their titles.
with Search Results
you come up with too many search results, you can refine your search by clicking
on the Limit Search button.
Format to limit to a particular format, such as video, audio or book.
Age Range to limit your search results to juvenile, young adult or adult
can choose a year of publication (2001) or a range of years (1999-2001) in the pubyear
options are to limit materials to ones written in a particular language and to
sort your results by publication year, author, title or relevance.
finding a title, click on the Full Details
to view the record for the item.
You will see a list of libraries that own
The call number and
location are the two critical pieces of information needed to find the item.
Also notice if the item is checked out or
Brockton does not own the item, you can still get it by placing a hold on it.
an item is owned by another library or unavailable at this time, you may place a
hold on it.
clicking on Full Details to access the
record of the item, click on the Hold
your library barcode number in the User ID
box. (You must type the entire number.)
your password in the PIN box. Everyone
will start with OCLN as his or her password.
the library where you would like to pick up the item. Do not choose OCLN
Central Site as your pickup location.
on Place Hold.
can access information about your library account by clicking on the Manage
My Account link.
use any feature of My Account, you must have your library card number (User ID)
and password. Everyone will start with “OCLN” as his or her password.
my PIN allows you to change your password from OCLN to one only known to
my email address allows you to change the address the library uses to
automatically notify when a hold arrives or an item is due.