New in the catalog: Virtual Shelf Browser

Virtual Shelf Browser

One of the things I love about getting lost in the stacks at my local library branch is that serendipitous experience of happily looking through the books on each shelf and finding my next great read. Now you can duplicate that experience at home using the new Virtual Shelf Browser feature in the online catalog.

Under the book's (or movie's, etc.) title and publishing information, you will see a snapshot of a "shelf," with your book right in the middle and selections to each side. These are books that theoretically would physically be next to one another on the shelf at your library. You can click on the arrows to the right or left to advance through the shelf. If you click on a book's cover, you go to that book's record in the catalog, where you can read more about the book or place it on hold. 

If you want to see a whole page of shelves, click on "Full Screen." A new page will open with 4 rows of shelves for you to explore. I find this especially helpful when I want to browse other works that the author has created, or when I'm looking for picture books for my kids - the covers are also so fun to see!