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Getting Started with the Library Catalog


Information for new users of the library's online catalog.


Log In / Register

On the Log in/Register page, enter your library card number in the Username or Barcode field.

If you have a PIN from the library's previous system, enter your current PIN in the Password field.

Library Go Cards

Use your Library Go card number as your barcode.

Your password is your birthday (MMDDYYYY).

Confirm your information, select a username, read and acknowledge the terms of service to get started.

Choose A Username

Choose a username for your account.

You will be able to log in to the catalog using either your barcode or username.

Usernames must be unique across all BiblioCommons libraries.

If you already have a username registered with the Hennepin County Library system, you will need to use a different username in the Saint Paul Public Library system.

If the username you want to use is already in use at any other library using the BiblioCommons catalog, you will need to use a different username.

Check Your Privacy Settings

Once you have created your account, check your account settings to be sure they are the way you would like them to be set. You can make your Shelves and your Feed private or shared. Your borrowing information (check-outs and holds) is always private.

Passwords and PINs

If You Don't Know Your PIN...

If you don't recall your PIN, you can reset it online.

Enter your library card number to have a reset link emailed to you.

Please note: the reset process will only work if the library already has your email address.

If the library does not have your email address, please contact the library or email us and staff can help you set a new password. You can then use that password to create an account in the library catalog.

Creating a New PIN or Password

PINs and passwords:

  • Need to be at least 6 characters long.
  • Can include numbers and letters.
  • Should not use repeating characters such as 111111 or 121212
  • Should not use special characters such as quotes or ampersands.

After Your PIN Has Been Set...

Go to the Log In screen.

Enter your library card number using your PIN as the password.

Confirm your information, select a username, and read and acknowledge the terms of service to get started.

New User Guide

Download a New User Guide with more information on getting started, getting organized, and using the library's new website.

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