How-tos

Here you'll learn HOW-TO get a library card, use our online Merlin catalog system, use our public access internet or request/reserve an item.

If you're not finding QUITE what you need to know, don't be afraid to ask us! Stop on in or give us a call at 715-798-3189.

Get a Library Card

The staff of the Forest Lodge Library will be happy to help you obtain a library card!

Library cards are issued on site to area residents and regular visitors. A valid driver's license or other form of identification is preferred but not required, although patron will need to provide all information requested by the system to issue a patron card. Your signature on the patron card is your consent to accept responsibility for materials borrowed and to abide by library policies.

Applicants under the age of 13 must have a parent present to consent when applying for a card.

Once issued, this patron card may be used at any and all NWLS libraries.

Library cards do not expire, but may be expunged from the system if inactive for three years. Should this happen, patron will need to acquire a new library card.

Patrons losing their library card are requested to notify the library as soon as possible. Those requiring a replacement card will be charged $3 to defray material and administrative expenses.

All patrons are encouraged to bring their library cards with them to check out library material.

Request

Patrons may request that an item owned by this library, or another within the NWLS system area be reserved for them in person, over the phone, or via the internet. Patrons will be notified by telephone or email when their item has arrived. There is no charge to the patron for placing a reserve or for interlibrary loan services.

In person or by phone: Please provide library staff with as much information as you have about the item you wish to request, such as title, author or media (book or audiobook or DVD.) We can assist with subject searches, if required. Library staff will need your patron card or card number, or the correct name in which the patron card is issued. If the item is being ordered from another system library the default delivery location will be Cable, unless otherwise specified by the patron.

If the patron is ordering a new or popular title, chances are very good that other reserves will have been placed on the item and that there will be a wait before the item can be delivered. If the Forest Lodge Library owns the item, our patrons will be given preference in the reserve queue.

Via the internet or library OPAC : Access the MERLIN online catalog. The MERLIN online catalog will be the homepage of the OPAC computer.

Follow the directions for USING THE CATALOG. When your search is displayed, peruse displayed items to ascertain that you are selecting your preferred format, i.e. book, book on CD or e-audiobook. You may click on your record of choice for a listing of item distribution and availability or simply click on REQUEST ITEM button.

A screen requesting your name and library card # will come up. Fill in and click SUBMIT button. Cable will be the default delivery location, but you may choose another, using the drop-down menu. You may also specify a "cancel if not filed by" date. SUBMIT.

If the item you are looking for cannot be located within the MERLIN/NWLS system a search can be conducted through WISCAT. Library staff will perform a WISCAT search on your behalf.

Use the Catalog

Access the MERLIN online catalog. The MERLIN online catalog will be the homepage of the OPAC computer.

Conduct a SEARCH for your item by providing information in the SEARCH BOX. Click on GO. The MERLIN online catalog enables you to define your search by Title, Author, Author/Title, Subject, Call # or ISBN/ISSN# by utilizing the drop-down menu above the search box. You may conduct a simple word search by choosing the Anywhere box. An Advanced Word search is available by choosing same from the list menu on the left hand page margin. You may limit your search to items available at the Forest Lodge Library (Cable Public Library) or search the entire NWLS system.

When your search is displayed, peruse displayed items to ascertain that you are selecting your preferred format, i.e. book, book on CD or e-audiobook. You may click on your record of choice for a listing of item distribution and availability or simply click on REQUEST ITEM button.


Use the Internet

Public access computers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and each user is allowed a 30 minute session. If there is are no additional patrons waiting to use a computer, patron sessions will be extended. There is no limit to the number of times per day a patron can log on to a public access computer.

Our PHAROS computer maintains the queue of those waiting to use public access computers. Those wishing to place themselves in the queue should log-on through PHAROS using their library card or a temporary card supplied by the Forest Lodge Library. At the time their reservation is made they will be advised when their session will begin, and they'll have five minutes from that time to log on or lose their place in the queue.

To log-on to a public access computer, or to reserve a spot via the PHAROS queue, patrons will be asked to supply a LOG-ON #. This is your library card number. You will also be asked for a password. Your password is your birthdate written thus: XX-XX-XXXX; two digit month, two digit date and four digit year with a dash between entries.

The Forest Lodge Library has a limited number of temporary use cards at the Circulation Desk which may be used by those visiting the area and wishing to use a public access computer.

If requested to do so, staff will offer assistance to patrons in setting up email accounts or conducting online searches, providing there is sufficient staff available to conduct normal library operations. 

Online gaming activities may be restricted during times of heavy computer use, as those activities utilize a lot of bandwidth and can have the effect of slowing all internet access in the library.

When in doubt, just keep clicking.