Your Privacy Settings in the New Catalog

The library's new catalog has several tools available to share information. 

Your Borrowing information (Checked Out, On Hold, and Fees) is always private. Your Private Notes and Personal Tags for any title will always be private.

What is private and what is visible in the new catalog?

Always Private

  • Borrowing information, including items Checked Out, items On Hold, and Fees.
  • Account information (name, address, email, phone)
  • Card number and password/PIN
  • Private notes and personal tags on catalog records

Always visible

On catalog records (identified by username only):

  • Comments
  • Quotes
  • Similar Titles
  • Notices
  • Age Suitability
  • Summaries
  • Notices
  • Videos

If you don’t want your username to show up anywhere, don't add any of these things to a catalog record. 

Things you can make private

These items are visible by default, but you have the option to make them private.

  • My Shelves/My Collections – Completed, In Progress, For Later
  • Activity Feed
  • Lists -- when publishing a list, you can choose to share the list or keep it visible only to you.

My Account

In the Log In/My SPPL box, select My Settings.

Under Privacy, follow the links for My Shelves and My Feeds and choose your settings.

Shelves privacy
Check the boxes to keep the shelves you mark private.
Feeds privacy
Check the box to mark your activity feed as private.


If you are making a list, you can make the list private as well. When you are finished editing a list, choose "Only me" from the "Who can see your list?" menu.

Who Can See Your List
Select "Only me" to keep your list private.

You can also make individual items private. Go to your Completed Shelf (or any other shelf, wherever the item is) and select Add Details to the right of the item to be edited. In the dropdown list of options, check "Keep this item private".

Making an individual item private
Check "keep this item private" to mark individual items as private in your Shelves.

In the Catalog

If you have marked your Shelves as private, you can make individual titles visible when you rate or comment on them.

You can choose to make private items visible when you comment on or rate them.

More Information

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