The Complete Guide to PamCat
- Go to www.pamcat.org.
- In the login box at the top of the page, enter your library card number. If you have a library card with a number that includes spaces, enter the number without spaces.
- Enter your password/PIN. If you have never logged in before, or if you've never changed your password/PIN, it will be changeme.
- Click the "Login to My Account" button.
- If you have problems logging in, call any branch library or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have never logged in before, or if you've never changed your password/PIN, it will be changeme.
- After logging in with changeme, be sure to change it to a unique password/PIN.
- Your PIN/password must be 10 characters or less.
- You may not be able to change your PIN/password if you have overdue books or late fines.
How do I change/reset my password/PIN?
Go to www.pamcat.org.
In the login box at the top of the
page, enter your library card number and password/PIN.
Click the "Login to My Account" button. If you have problems logging in, call any branch library or e-mail
Click on "My Account" in the menu bar.
Click on Change My Password."
Passwords/PINs must be 10 characters or less.
If you forget your password/PIN, follow these directions to reset it:
- Click on the "Reset PIN" link next to the "Login My Account" button in the top right corner of the PamCat homepage.
You will be prompted to enter your library card number or alternate ID.
An email will be sent to the address listed on your account. Contact a staff member if you don't receive your email.
Click the link in the email to go to the "Change PIN" page and enter your new PIN, then click the "Change Password" button.
The reset link will be valid for two (2) hours.Click "OK" to finish changing your PIN.
You can also call any branch library or e-mail email@example.com, and it will be reset.
- Enter your search terms in the search box (ex. To Kill a Mockingbird")
- Using the drop down menu, you can search for everything, author, title, subject, or series.
- If you're doing an author search, it's better to use last name, first name (ex. Lee, Harper)
- Periodical title searching is not currently available, but if you want to search for magazines, use a title search.
- You can also tell the catalog to search by keyword, browse, or exact options. "Keyword" finds records that contain the words entered. "Browse" finds links to names, titles and subject headings close to the words entered. "Exact" finds records that exactly match words in the order they are entered.
- Here's what a basic search looks in PamCat (for titles with cats as a subject at the Mechanicsville Library):
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If you're looking for subject heading terms to use try this helpful explanation of the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
Boolean search operators tell PamCat to look for search terms in specific relationships. They are the words: AND, OR, NOT, WITH and NEAR.
- bears NOT Berenstain will give you items about bears but will not include the Berenstain Bears series.
- Chicago WITH history will return items with historical aspects of Chicago.
- Virginia NEAR Williamsburg will return a variety of items related to Williamsburg, Virginia.
- Flowers OR Trees will give you an expanded list of items that include either of these words.
- Flowers AND Trees limits your search to only items that contain both words and will give you a smaller number of results.
If a title contains one of the Boolean operators, it is necessary to do a Keyword title search using quotations. For example, using "And Never Let Her Go" tells PamCat to search for the phrase, not individual words, and will give you the correct results.
What else would you like to know?