OPAC

Resultados de pesquisa

To search the OPAC you can either choose to enter your search words in the box at the top of the OPAC or click on the ‘Advanced search’ link to perform a more detailed search.

Library catalog search box at the top of the page in the OPAC; the links under the search bar are Advanced search, Authority search, Tag cloud, and Libraries. Also visible is the Koha logo at the top left, the cart and lists menus, the language switch, and the login and search history links

If Elasticsearch is used and the OpacBrowseSearch system preference is enabled, you will also see the Browse search option.

Nota

For more on searching check the Searching chapter in this manual.

Results overview

Search results list in the OPAC, facets are on the left

After performing a search, the number of results found for the search will appear above the results.

By default, the search results are sorted based on the OPACdefaultSortField and OPACdefaultSortOrder system preference values. To change the sort order of these results, you can choose another sorting method from the drop-down menu on the right.

The sorting drop-down menu offers various options to sort the search results, such as relevance, popularity, author, call number, publication or copyright date, acquisition date, and title

Under each title in the results list, there will be a series of values from the record’s leader (field 000).

A single search result in the OPAC, visible is a checkbox on the left, some bibliographic information, the title being a link, availability of items, star ratings, place hold option, place recall option, save to lists option and add to cart option

Nota

These values have nothing to do with the item types or collection codes you have applied to your records or items. This data is all pulled from the record’s control fields.

This can be turned on or off with the DisplayOPACiconsXSLT system preference.

Below each title, there will be the availability for the items attached to the record.

Nota

Even if you filtered on one library location, all locations that hold the item will appear on the search results.

Aviso

An item’s hold status does not affect whether or not the item is ‘available’ until the item is in ‘waiting’ status. Items with on-shelf holds will show as available until a staff member has pulled them from the shelf and checked the item in make it show ‘waiting’.

If any enhanced content system preferences are turned on, there may be cover images next to the search results.

If Did you mean? options are set, there will be a yellow bar across the top of your results will other related searches.

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If you performed an advanced search you see an option to go back and edit your advanced search blow the list of results pages.

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Filters (facets)

To filter your results click on the links below the ‘Refine your search’ menu on the left of your screen.

Search results list in the OPAC, facets are on the left

After clicking a facet you can remove that filter from your results by clicking the small ‘x’ that appears to the right of the facet.

Close-up view of the facets, in the author facets, "Shakespeare, William" is not longer a clickable link and has a [x] next to it

See the section on search results facets for more details on facets.

You can add custom content below the facets with the OPACResultsSidebar display location in the HTML customizations tool.

Search RSS feeds

You will be able to subscribe to your search results as an RSS feed by clicking the RSS icon in your address bar or next to the number of results. To learn more about what RSS feeds are check out this tutorial video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU].

Search results list in the OPAC, facets are on the left

Subscribing to search results as RSS feeds will allow you to see when a new item is added to the catalog in your area of interest.

Registo bibliográfico

When you click on a title from the search results, you’re brought to the bibliographic detail of the record. This page is broken down in several different areas.

At the top of your screen will be the title and the GMD:

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Below the title the authors will be listed. These come from your 1xx and 7xx fields. Clicking the author will run a search for other titles with that author.

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If you have an authority file you will see a magnifying glass to the right of author (and other) authorities. Clicking that magnifying glass will take you directly to the authority record.

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If you have your DisplayOPACiconsXSLT preference set to ‘show’ you will see a material type that is determined by values in your fixed fields (learn more in the XSLT material type icons cataloging guide.

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Next you’ll see the description of the record you’re viewing:

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Following that information you’ll find the subject headings which can be clicked to search for other titles on similar topics

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If your record has a table of contents or summary it will appear next to the ‘Summary’ or ‘Table of contents’ label

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If your record has data in the 856 fields you’ll see the links to the right of the ‘Online resources’ label

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If the title you’re viewing is in a public list then you’ll see a list of those to the right of the ‘List(s) this item appears in’ label and if it has tags they will appear below the ‘Tags from this library’ label

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In the tabs below the details you will find your holdings data

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Note

  • You can customize the columns of this table in the ‘Table settings’ section of the Administration module (table id: holdingst).

Any notes (5xx fields) that have been cataloged will appear under ‘Title notes’

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If the bibliographic record is linked to a subscription in the Serials module, there will be a ‘Subscriptions’ tab with the subscription and issues information.

Subscription tab in a detailed record in the OPAC

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You can customize the columns of this table in the ‘Table settings’ section of the Administration module (table id: subscriptionst).

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If you chose a notice in the ‘Patron notification’ field when adding the subscription, there will be a button patrons can click to be notified by email when a new issue is received.

If you’re allowing comments they will appear in the next tab

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If the OPACAuthorIdentifiers system preference is turned on, and that your author authority records have standard identifiers, there will be an ‘Author identifiers’ tab showing the identifiers with links to the author record on the source website.

The detailed view of a bibliographic record, the selected tab at the bottom is Author identifiers, both authors are listed with their Scopus ID

And finally if you have enabled FRBR and you have other editions of the title in your collection you will see the ‘Editions’ tab.

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To the right of the details you’ll find a series of boxes. The first box is a list of buttons to help navigate the search results. From there you can see the next or previous result from your search or return to the results.

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Clicking ‘Browse results’ at the top of the right column will open up your search results on the detail page

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Below the search buttons you’ll find the links to place a hold, print the record, save the record to your lists, add it to your cart or send to a device (using a QR code).

Another option that will appear on this right hand side bar, if a library is allowing purchase suggestions (see the suggestion system preference), is the ability to ‘Suggest for Purchase’. Clicking this link will bring the user to the purchase suggestion form to fill out.

List of options: Place hold, Place recall, Print, Request article, Save to your lists, Add to your cart, Suggest for purchase, Report a concern, Unhighlight, Send to device, Save record, More searches

Clicking ‘More searches’ will show the list of libraries you entered in your OPACSearchForTitleIn preference

The detailed view of a bibliographic record, in the options on the left, the 'More searches' option is open and options to search for this title in various external catalogs are displayed

Under the ‘Save record’ label you will find a series of file formats you can save the record as. This list can be customized by altering the OpacExportOptions system preference.

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If at any time you want to change the view from the ‘Normal’ view to see the Marc or the ISBD you can click the tabs across the top of the record

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Reporting concerns about bibliographic records

If the OpacCatalogConcerns system preference is enabled, patrons will be able to report concerns regarding specific bibliographic records.

This is similar to the problem report feature but is linked to a specific bibliographic record, and there is the possibility to have a resolution.

To report a new concern,

  • In the bibliographic record’s detail page, click the ‘Report a concern’ link in the options at the right side.

    List of options: Place hold, Place recall, Print, Request article, Save to your lists, Add to your cart, Suggest for purchase, Report a concern, Unhighlight, Send to device, Save record, More searches

    Nota

    Patrons must be logged in to report a concern. If they are not logged in, the system will ask them for their login information.

  • Fill in the concern form.

    The report a concern form

    • Title: enter a title describing succinctly the problem.

    • Please describe your concern: enter details about the problem, being the more descriptive possible so that the staff member who receives this is able to replicate and see the problem.

      An example of what is expected in the description is provided in the field:

      **Describe the concern**
      
      A clear and concise description of what the concern is.
      
      **To Reproduce**
      
      Steps to reproduce the behavior:
      1. Go to '...'
      2. Click on '....'
      3. Scroll down to '....'
      4. See error
      
      **Expected behavior**
      
      A clear and concise description of what you expected to happen.
      

      Nota

      This text is customizable in the HTML customizations tool, by changing the ‘CatalogConcernTemplate’ entry.

      The text at the bottom of the form (“Please describe your concern clearly…”) is also customizable in the HTML customizations tool, by changing the ‘CatalogConcernHelp’ entry.

  • Click ‘Submit’.

This will send an email to the cataloging team to notify them that a new concern has been created. The email will be sent to the email address in the CatalogerEmails system preference. The email sent is the TICKET_NOTIFY notice, which can be customized in the Notices and slips tool.

An email will also be sent to the reporter to notify them that the concern has been received. The email sent is the TICKET_ACKNOWLEDGE notice, which can be customized in the Notices and slips tool.

Concerns reported about this record are visible in the ‘Concerns’ tab.

The Concerns tab of a bibliographic record in the staff interface, it contains a table with the concerns reported for this record

All concern tickets will be visible in the catalog concerns report.

Newly opened concern reports will also appear in the notification section at the bottom of the staff interface main page.

Prompt on staff interface homepage to view pending article requests, pending purchase suggestions, patrons requesting modifications, pending catalog concerns, pending checkout notes, and pending OPAC problem reports

Lists and the cart

A cart is a temporary holding place for records you’re interested in finding during this session. That means that once you log out of the OPAC or close the browser you lose the items in your cart.

A list is a more permanent location for saving items.

To learn more about lists, check the Lists and cart chapter of this manual, which deal with these features in the staff interface.

Listas

Patrons can manage their own private lists and find all public lists by visiting the ‘Lists’ section of their account.

List of private lists in a patron's account on the OPAC

The ‘Modification date’ column shows when the list was last modified and is helpful for quickly finding out how up to date the list is.

Creating lists

To create a list the patron simply needs to click the ‘New list’ link and populate the form that appears.

Create a new list form

  • List name: the patron must enter a list name, it is the only required field

  • Sort this list by: the patron can choose how they want the list sorted (by title, author, publication year, call number or date added to the list).

  • Category: the patron can choose to keep this list private or make it public. A public list will be visible to all OPAC users.

    Nota

    This field will only appear if the OpacAllowPublicListCreation system preference is set to ‘Allow’. Otherwise all lists created by patrons will be private.

  • Allow changes to content from: the patron can choose who will be able to add or remove titles from the list.

    • Nobody: nobody, including the patron themselves will be able to add or remove titles.

    • Owner only: only the patron who created the list will be able to add or remove titles. If the list is public or shared, the OPAC users or sharers will not be able to change the list contents.

    • Anyone seeing this list: everyone who has access to the list will be able to add or remove titles. If the list is public, this means everyone. If the list is private, only the owner will have the ability to change the contents. And if the list is shared, the owner and sharers will have this ability.

    • Staff only: this option will only appear to staff members, to make the list editable by all staff members.

Lists can also be created by choosing the ‘New list’ option in the ‘Add to’ menu on the search results

In search results in the OPAC, With selected results dropdown menu is open and the mouse cursor is on the New list option

Adding titles to lists

Titles can be added to lists from the search results or from the bibliographic record.

In the search results, the option to add items to the list appear below each result (‘Save to lists’ button)

A single search result in the OPAC, visible is a checkbox on the left, some bibliographic information, the title being a link, availability of items, star ratings, place hold option, place recall option, save to lists option and add to cart option

and across the top of the results page, next to ‘Select titles to: Add to…’

Search results list in the OPAC, facets are on the left

To add a single title to a list, click the ‘Save to lists’ option and then choose the list you’d like to add the title to. To add multiple titles to a list check the boxes on the left of the titles you want to add and then choose the list you want to add the titles to from the ‘Add too’ pull down at the top of the screen.

From the bibliographic record, the option to save the title to a list is in the menu on the right.

Bibliographic record details page in the OPAC

Titles can also be added to a list from the cart.

Viewing lists contents

To view the contents of a list, click on the list name under the ‘Lists’ button.

Main page of the OPAC, the mouse cursor is on the Lists button at the top and the list of lists is open

The contents of the list will look similar to your search results pages except that there will be different menu options across the top of the list.

Contents of a list

To the right of the list title there is an RSS icon that will allow you to subscribe to updates to the list.

Nota

The RSS icon only appears on public lists.

Using the menu options above the list you can place multiple items on hold, download the list contents, email the list or print the list out.

  • To place a hold on one or more list items check the box to the left of the item and click the ‘Place hold’ link at the top

  • To download the list contents click the ‘Download list’ link and choose the format you’d like to download the list in

  • To email the list contents to someone, click the ‘Send list’ link and enter in your email details in the form that pops up

    'Sending your list' form

    Nota

    The message sent when emailing the list is LIST, which can be customized in the Notices and slips tool.

  • To print the contents of your list out click the ‘Print list’ link

Removing titles from lists

To remove a title from a list,

  • View the content of a list.

    Contents of a list

  • Click ‘Remove from this list’ under the title to remove.

  • Click ‘Yes, delete from list’ to confirm the removal of the title from the list.

    Confirmation alert reading Are you sure you want to remove this item from the list? Followed by the title. Options are Yes, delete from list or No, do not delete from list.

Managing lists

Once the list is saved, patrons can begin adding items to it. From the ‘Lists’ tab in their account, the patron can edit and delete the lists they have created by clicking the appropriate button to the right of the list name.

List of private lists in a patron's account on the OPAC

To edit the list’s title or sorting patrons click the ‘Edit’ button to the right of the list description.

Edit list form

When clicking ‘Delete’ next to a list you will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the list.

Confirmation message when deleting a list: Are you sure you want to delete this list? Followed by the name of the list and the number of items in the list. The options are Yes, delete and No, do not delete.

If the OpacAllowSharingPrivateLists system preference is set to ‘Allow’, patrons will see the ‘Share’ button on the list of lists and the ‘Share list’ button at the top of each individual list. Clicking this will ask you to enter the email address of a patron.

Share a list with another patron form

Once the email address is entered Koha will present you with a confirmation message

Share confirmation message: An invitation to share list Shakespeare will be sent shortly to email address of the other patron. You will receive an email notification if someone accepts your share before it expires.

and will send a message to that patron.

Once the other patron accepts the shared list, the sharing patron will receive a confirmation.

Nota

The message sent to share the list is SHARE_INVITE and the message sent to the sharing patron to confirm the other patron has accepted the share is SHARE_ACCEPT. Both messages are customizable in the Notices and slips tool.

The other patron will see the shared list with their own private lists (the type will be ‘Shared’ rather than ‘Private’). They will also have the option to remove the share, if they don’t want to have access to this list anymore.

The owner of the shared list will have the option to transfer the ownership of the list to one of the patrons with whom the list is shared.

If the TagsInputOnDetail system preference is enabled, patrons will have the possibility of adding tags to titles from the list view.

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Adding titles to the cart

Titles can be added to the cart from the search results or from the bibliographic record.

In the search results, the option to add items to the cart appear below each result (‘Add to cart’ button)

A single search result in the OPAC, visible is a checkbox on the left, some bibliographic information, the title being a link, availability of items, star ratings, place hold option, place recall option, save to lists option and add to cart option

and across the top of the results page, next to ‘Select titles to: Add to…’

Search results list in the OPAC, facets are on the left

Clicking the ‘Add to cart’ button under a single result will add the one title to your cart.

To add multiple titles at once, check the box to the left of each result and then choose ‘Cart’ from the ‘Add to’ pull down at the top of the screen. Once titles are added to the cart you will be presented with a confirmation at the top of the page.

At the top of the page in the OPAC, next to the cart, a pop up message says '2 item(s) added to your cart' and there is a small 2 next to the cart

From the results you will see which items are in your cart and will be able to remove those items by clicking ‘(remove)’.

A single search result in the OPAC, the option 'Add to cart' is replaced by 'In your cart (remove)'

From the bibliographic record, the option to add the title to the cart is in the menu on the right.

Bibliographic record details page in the OPAC

Managing the cart

Once there are titles in the cart, you can manage the contents by clicking on the ‘Cart’ button usually found at the top of the screen. Your cart will open in a new window.

Content of the cart

From this window you are presented with several options. Across the top of the cart are several buttons.

  • More details: clicking this will show additional information about the titles in the cart (ISBNs, subjects, publisher info, notes and more).

    Content of the cart, expanded. Shown is the title, author, subjects, copyright date, notes, url and item location and status of the first title in the cart.

    When clicked, tThe ‘More details’ button will become ‘Brief display’. Clicking this will return to the default display in table form of the title, author, copyright date and item location and status.

  • Send: the option to send the contents of the cart to an email address. This is handy if you want to send the resources you found at the library to your home email account to refer to later or to send to a patron researching a specific topic. Clicking this link will open up a new window that asks for the email address and message to send.

    'Sending your cart' form

    Aviso

    The cart can only be emailed by logged in users. This will prevent the cart email function from being used for spamming.

    Nota

    The message sent when emailing the cart is CART, which can be customized in the Notices and slips tool.

  • Download: you can download the contents of the cart in several pre-defined formats or using a CSV profile that you defined in the tools module.

    Options to download the contents of the cart: BibTeX, ISBD, MARC, RIS and custom CSV profiles

  • Empty and close: this will empty the cart and close the window.

  • Hide window: this will close the window, but the cart will not be emptied.

  • Print: this will print out the contents of the cart.

In addition to the various different ways to save the contents of the cart, there are ways to add value to the data in your cart.

Select one or more titles from the cart and choose one of the options:

Placing holds

Patrons can place holds on items via the OPAC if they’re logged in and you have the OPACHoldRequests preference set to ‘Allow’. If the item can be placed on hold the option to place it on hold will appear in several different places.

  • When viewing a list or search results page you’ll see the option to place hold on multiple items by checking the boxes to the left of the results and clicking ‘Place hold’ at the top

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  • When viewing a list or search results page you’ll see the option to place the item on hold below the basic information about the title

    A single search result in the OPAC, visible is a checkbox on the left, some bibliographic information, the title being a link, availability of items, star ratings, place hold option, place recall option, save to lists option and add to cart option

  • When viewing an individual title you’ll see the option to place a hold in the box on the right side of the screen

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No matter which of the above links you click to place your hold you’ll be brought to the same hold screen.

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  • Check the box to the left of the items you’d like to place on hold

  • The title includes a link back to the detail page for the record

  • The priority shows where in the holds queue this hold will fall

  • If allowed by your OPACAllowUserToChooseBranch preference the patron can choose where they’d like to pick up their hold. The list of available pickup locations will include all libraries that have ‘Pickup location’ set to ‘Yes’ on the library configuration page.

  • If you would like to see more options you can click ‘Show more options’

    Place hold form with more options

    • If you have the AllowHoldItemTypeSelection preference set to ‘Allow’ and the record had more than one item type attached you will see an option to choose to limit the hold to a specific item type

  • If allowed by your OPACAllowHoldDateInFuture preference, the ‘Hold starts on date’ column will show. This field allows the patron to have their hold start on a future date.

  • By default holds placed in the system remain until canceled, but if the patron fills in a ‘Hold not needed after’ date then the hold has an expiration date.

    • Important

      Expired holds are removed by the expired holds cron job, this is not an automatic process and must be set up by your system administrator

  • If allowed by the OpacHoldNotes preference then patrons can leave notes about their holds for the library by clicking the ‘Edit notes’ button

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  • If the EnableItemGroupHolds system preference is set to ‘Enable’ and the record has item groups, the patron can choose to place a hold on the next available item of a group, rather than the next available item on the whole record or a specific item.

  • Depending on the rules you set regarding item specific holds in your circulation and fines rules the patron will be allowed to choose whether to place the hold on the next available copy and/or a specific copy.

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After clicking the ‘Place hold’ button the patron will be brought to their account page where they’ll see all of the items they have on hold.

Requesting recalls

If your library accepts recalls (see setting up recalls for more information), patrons will be able to place recalls on items.

The option to request a recall appears in various places in the OPAC:

  • In the results list after a search, the ‘Place recall’ option appears at the bottom of each recallable result.

    A single search result in the OPAC, visible is a checkbox on the left, some bibliographic information, the title being a link, availability of items, star ratings, place hold option, place recall option, save to lists option and add to cart option

  • In the detailed record. the ‘Place recall’ option appears on the right side of the screen (or bottom in mobile view) in the options

    List of options: Place hold, Place recall, Print, Request article, Save to your lists, Add to your cart, Suggest for purchase, Report a concern, Unhighlight, Send to device, Save record, More searches

Either of those links will lead to the recall form.

The form to request a recall in the OPAC

  • Pick up location: the patron can choose where they’d like to pick up their recalled item.

  • Recall not needed after: if the patron not need this item after a certain date, they can enter it here. The recall will be automatically expired (with the expire_recalls.pl cronjob) after that date.

  • Recall next available item or Recall a specific item: the patron can choose to recall any item or a specific one. If they choose ‘Recall a specific item’, they will be asked to select the item in the list.

Once the patron confirms their recall request, they will have get a message saying the the patron who currently has the item will be notified.

Nota

The notice sent to the patron who currently has the item is RETURN_RECALLED_ITEM. It can be edited in the Notices and slips tool.

The request will be added to the recalls tab in their account summary, as well as in their recall history list.

Gestão de conteúdos

Tagging

Depending on the settings for the TagsEnabled, TagsInputOnList and TagsInputOnDetail system preferences, patrons may be able to add tags to bibliographic records from the search results and/or from the bibliographic records’ detail page.

If you are allowing patrons to add tags from the search results list (see TagsInputOnDetail), patron will see an ‘Add tag’ button below each result and a ‘Tag’ option at the top of the screen.

Search results list in the OPAC, facets are on the left

To add a tag to one item, click ‘Add tag’, type the tag or tags (separated by commas) in the ‘New tag’ box and click ‘Add’. You will be presented with a confirmation of your tags being added.

A single search result in the OPAC, under the 'Add tag' button is an input box 'New tag(s), separated by a comma' with and 'Add' button and a '(done)' link

From the results you can also tag items in bulk by clicking the checkboxes on the left and then clicking the ‘Tag’ button at the top. After clicking the button it will change into an input box for you to add tags to all of the items you have selected.

List of search results on the OPAC, several titles are selected, the 'Tag' button at the top has been replaced by an input box name 'New tag' with and 'Add' button and a '(done)' link

If the TagsInputOnDetail system preference is enabled, patrons will also have the possibility to add tags from a list and from the cart.

If the TagsInputOnDetail system preference is enabled, patrons will have the possibility of adding tags from the record detail page by clicking the ‘Add tag(s)’ link. The link will be replaced by an input box.

Bibliographic record details page in the OPAC, the 'Add tag(s)' link has been replaced by an input field name 'New tag(s), separated by a comma', inside the input field on the right is a smiling face emoji (emoji picker), followed 'Add' button and a '(done)' link

Emojis can also be included using the emoji picker when adding tags from the record detail page.

The smiling face emoji in the input box is activated and a list of emojis is open underneath

Comentários

Patrons can leave comments in the OPAC if you have the OPACComments preference set to allow this. Each bibliographic record has a comments tab below the bibliographic information.

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If the patron is logged in they will see a link to add a comment to the item. Clicking this link will open a pop up window with a box for their comments.

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Once the comment has been typed and the ‘Submit’ button clicked, the patron will see their comment as pending and other patrons will simply see that there are no comments on the item.

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Once the comment is approved the patron will see the number of comments on the ‘Comments’ tab and their comment labeled amongst the other comments. If the ShowReviewerPhoto system preference is set to ‘Show’, the patron’s photo pulled from the Libravatar [https://www.libravatar.org] library will be displayed next to their comment.

The 'Comment' tab in the OPAC, show Your comment, the date of the comment, the comment itself, with an 'Edit' link and the patron's avatar

Other patrons will see the comment with the name of the patron who left the comment (unless you have set the ShowReviewer preference to not show patron names).

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If you have your OpacShowRecentComments set to show then you’ll see the approved comments on that page.

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From this page patrons can subscribe to the recent comments using RSS if they would like.

Zotero

Zotero is a Firefox add on that allows for the saving and generating of a bibliography. Learn more about and download Zotero at http://zotero.org.

When on the search results in the Koha OPAC, if you have Zotero installed, you will see a folder icon in the address bar to the right of the URL. Clicking that folder will open up a list of titles on the page for you to pick from to add to Zotero.

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Select the titles you want to add to Zotero and then click the ‘OK’ button. This will add the title to Zotero. You can see the title by opening your Zotero library.

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Custom RSS feeds

Using the RSS feeds cron job you can generate an RSS feed for any SQL query (for example a new acquisitions RSS feed). The cron job is run on the command line to produce an RSS XML document.

The output should be placed in a directory accessible to the OPAC (or staff) web interface so that users can download the RSS feed.

An example of usage can be found at: misc/cronjobs/rss.pl lastAcquired.conf

Normally the RSS cron job should be run periodically (e.g., daily) to keep the feed up-to-date.

The configuration file (e.g., lastAcquired.conf) lists

  • name of the template file to use

  • path of output file

  • SQL query

The RSS cron job runs the SQL query, then feeds the output of the query through the template to produce the output file.

Important

To use custom RSS feeds you need to turn on the RSS cron job.

Cookies information

You can add information about cookies to your OPAC, with a banner and policy.

OPAC cookie banner with the text 'The online catalog uses functional cookies: these are essential to make the site work.' and two buttons: 'Accept essential cookies' and 'More information'.

From the cookie banner, users have the option to accept essential cookies or to view more information. When they click ‘More information’, the Cookies policy pops up.

The cookie banner will be displayed on all pages until the user accepts cookies.

To set up cookie information:

OPAC self registration

If you allow it, patrons can register for their own accounts via the OPAC. If you have the PatronSelfRegistration preference set to ‘Allow’ then patrons will see a link to register below the log in box.

"Log in to your account" section on the OPAC homepage. Underneath the Log in button is the mention: "Don't have an account? Register here."

When the patron clicks the ‘Register here’ link they will be brought to a registration page. The options on the registration page can be controlled by editing the PatronSelfRegistrationBorrowerMandatoryField and the PatronSelfRegistrationBorrowerUnwantedField preferences.

Form to create a new account on the OPAC

Once the patron has submitted their registration they will either be sent an email to confirm their account (if you have the PatronSelfRegistrationVerifyByEmail preference to require this) or presented with their new username and password. If the PatronSelfRegistrationPrefillForm system preference is set to ‘Show and prefill’, they will be presented with the prefilled login form.

Successful online registration page, it says: Registration complete! You have successfully registered your new account. To log in, use the following credentials: Username: john.smith1 Password: YcDfc5nw7qR9sn For your convenience, the login box on this page has been pre-filled with this data. Please log in.

You can add additional instructions on this page by creating an HTML customization with the display location ‘PatronSelfRegistrationAdditionalInstructions’.

To be notified when a patron registers via the OPAC, use the EmailPatronRegistrations system preference.

Patrons registered in this way will not have a cardnumber until assigned one by the library, but will have access to all OPAC functionality immediately. For this reason it is recommended that you:

That way patrons will either have to come in to the library to verify their identity before given a cardnumber and the ability to check items out or the library will have to come up with internal policy on generating cardnumbers before providing them to self registered patrons. Once this is done the library can change the category to one that is more appropriate (be it an adult, resident, non resident, student, etc) and add a cardnumber/barcode.

Your account

If the opacuserlogin system preference is set to ‘Allow’, patrons can log in and access their account.

Once logged in patrons are brought to their account summary.

If patrons access the home page while logged in, and OPACUserSummary is set to ‘Show’, they will see a small summary of their account instead of the login fields.

A small box with the number of checkouts, overdues, holds and pending charges has replaced the login fields

If OPACShowSavings is set to display savings in the summary box, this summary section will also contain the savings the patron made by using the library rather than purchasing the items.

A small box with the number of checkouts, overdues, holds, pending charges and savings

From any page on the OPAC, clicking on their name at the top right of the page will bring a patron back to their account.

Resetting your password

If you have the OpacResetPassword system preference set to ‘Allow’, patrons can reset their password by clicking the ‘Forgot your password?’ link found under the login box.

Under the login fields, there is a 'Forgot your password' link

Once clicked, they will be presented with a form asking for their username and their email address.

The password recovery form

Aviso

Patrons must have an email address on file to reset their password. If they don’t have an email address already in their file, they will get an error message

An error message says No account was found with the provided information. Please contact the library if you need further assistance.

The system will then email the patron instructions for resetting their password.

Confirmation message says You will receive an email shortly. Please click the link in this email to finish the process of resetting your password. This link is valid for 2 days starting now. Return to the main page

The content of the email can be customized with the Notices and slips tool. The code of the letter is PASSWORD_RESET.

If the NotifyPasswordChange system preference is enabled, the patron will receive a notification indicating their password was changed.

The content of that email can be customized with the Notices and slips tool. The code of the letter is PASSWORD_CHANGE.

Meu sumário

From the ‘your summary’ tab, patrons will see all of the items they have checked out with the overdue items highlighted in red.

View of the account summary on the OPAC

OPAC messages and OPAC notes will be displayed at the top of this page. For OPAC messages, the patron will have the option to dismiss the message. This will hide the message from their OPAC account and mark it as read, but it will not delete the message.

'Messages for you' box in the patron's online account with a message reading "'Please bring a proof of address on your next visit to the library.' Written on 15/05/2023 by Centerville" and a dismiss button

You can add content to this page with the OpacMySummaryNote HTML customization location. Content added there will appear above the patron’s summary and below the welcome message.

Top of the your summary page, under the title of the page, it is written Welcome Mary Burton, Click here if you're not Mary Burton and below that is a text that says This is OpacMySummaryNote.

If OPACShowSavings is set to display savings in the ‘your summary’ page, this section will also contain the savings the patron made by using the library rather than purchasing the items.

A message at the top of the 'Your summary' page in the patron's account on the OPAC that reads "Congratulations, you have saved a total of $ 76.65 by using the library."

If OpacRenewalAllowed set to ‘Allow’, patrons will be able to renew their checkouts from the OPAC.

If the patron has pending charges exceeding the value set in OPACFineNoRenewals, a note will display explaining that renewals cannot be made.

Warning message saying Please note You cannot renew your books online. Reason: Your fines exceed 1.00.

A note will display if the patron cannot place holds due to their charges exceeding the value set in the maxoutstanding system preference.

Warning message saying Please note Your account has outstanding fees & charges of 12.50. Holds are blocked because your fine balance is over the limit.

If AllowPatronToControlAutoRenewal is set to ‘Allow patrons’, patrons will be able to choose whether or not they want their checkouts to be renewed automatically. If they choose ‘Yes’, items for which automatic renewal is enabled in the circulation rules will renew as expected. If they choose ‘No’, the automatic renewals that would have applied to this patron’s checkouts will not take place.

An option to update auto-renewal preferences

If you have HTML entered in the OPACMySummaryHTML preference then you will see that to the right of the ‘Fines’ column.

Dica

By default, the barcode is not displayed in the patron’s checkout table on the OPAC. If your patrons would like to see the items barcodes on their list of checked out items you can set up a patron attribute with the value of SHOW_BCODE and authorized value of YES_NO.

Example of adding a patron attribute type with code SHOW_BCODE, the description is "Show barcode on patrons' checkouts in the OPAC" and the authorized value is YES_NO

Then, on the patron’s record set the value for SHOW_BCODE to ‘Yes’.

Example of modifying patron attributes in a patron's file. The mouse cursor is on the 'Yes' option for "Show barcode on patron's checkouts in the OPAC"

This will add a column to the checkout summary in the OPAC that shows the patron the barcodes of the items they have checked out.

If you would like your patrons to leave a note on an item they have checked out AllowCheckoutNotes preference must be set to allow.

In the patron’s summary of checkouts, there will be an added column to allow the patron to leave a note (for example: missing first page, or DVD is scratched).

Patron's 'Your summary' page with AllowCheckoutNotes enabled, there is a column titled 'Report a problem' in the checkouts table, with a button 'Add note' for each checkout

When the patron clicks on ‘Add note’, they will be able to write a note about this checkout.

Window for the patron to report a problem about on of their checkouts

Staff will be able to see and manage checkout notes from the staff interface.

If their guarantee has allowed it via their privacy, or alternatively, if the staff is allowed to change this privacy setting in the staff interface with the AllowStaffToSetCheckoutsVisibilityForGuarantor system preference and this setting is turned on, when the guarantor logs in they will see a tab labeled “Relatives’ checkouts” on their summary tab.

The Relatives' checkouts tab in a patron's summary page on the OPAC

Clicking on the ‘Overdue’ tab will show only the items that are overdue.

The Overdues tab in a patron's summary page on the OPAC

The ‘Fines’ tab will show just a total of what the patron owes. Clicking on the total will take them to the ‘your fines’ tab where they will see a complete breakdown of their fines and bills. If you don’t charge fines at your library you can turn the display of these tabs off by setting the OPACFinesTab preference to ‘Don’t allow.’

The Charges tab in a patron's summary page on the OPAC

If their guarantee has allowed it via their privacy, or alternatively, if the staff is allowed to change this privacy setting in the staff interface with the AllowStaffToSetFinesVisibilityForGuarantor system preference and this setting is turned on, when the guarantor logs in they will see a tab labeled “Relatives’ charges” on their summary tab.

The Relatives' charges tab in a patron's summary page on the OPAC

The ‘Clubs’ tab shows all ongoing clubs which allow public enrollment. From here, patrons can enroll in clubs by clicking the ‘Enroll’ button.

A patron's 'Clubs' tab, there are several clubs in which the patron can enroll

The ‘Holds’ tab shows the patron the status of all of the items they have on hold.

The Holds tab in a patron's summary page on the OPAC

Depending on the value of the SuspendHoldsOpac system preference, patrons can suspend their own holds if they are not in transit or already waiting for them. When they click ‘Suspend’ they will be presented with the option to choose a date for their hold to resume.

Suspend hold pop up modal asking until which date to suspend the hold (clear date to suspend indefinitely) and to confirm the suspension

They can also suspend all of their holds indefinitely or until a specific date if they choose by filling in the suspend options at the bottom of the page.

Nota

If the AutoResumeSuspendedHolds system preference is set to “Don’t allow”, patrons will not have the option to put an end date on the hold suspension.

From this tab, patrons can also cancel holds. Depending on the waiting hold cancellation policy, they may also be able to cancel holds that are already waiting for them.

Depending on the value of the OPACAllowUserToChangeBranch system preference, the patron may be able to change the pickup library of holds. When one or more status is selected in the system preference, a ‘Change’ link will appear under the current pickup library’s name for holds that have that status.

The Holds tab in a patron's summary page on the OPAC, OPACAllowUserToChangeBranch is enabled for pending holds, there is a Change link under the current pickup library's name

When the patron clicks on the ‘Change’ link, there is a pop-up with a selection of libraries that allow hold pickups.

Pop-up window for the patron to choose a new pickup library for their hold

If your library allows recalls, the patron can see the recalls they have requested and their various statuses in the ‘Recalls’ tab.

The Recalls tab in a patron's summary page on the OPAC

The patron can cancel a recall by clicking the ‘Cancel’ button, provided that it is not already awaiting pickup.

Patron flags

If you have flagged your patron’s account they may see one of the following error messages at the top of their account.

  • Card marked as lost

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  • Patron address in question

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    • Note

      this error message will not include a link to the update form if you have OPACPatronDetails set to ‘Don’t allow’

  • Patron marked restricted

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Your fines

If your library charges fines the next tab on the left is ‘your fines’. Opening this tab will show the patron an entire history of their accounting at the library.

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If you are allowing patrons to pay their fines using PayPal with the EnablePayPalOpacPayments preference there will be checkboxes to the left of each fine with an outstanding amount.

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At the bottom the patron will see the option to pay with PayPal for the items they have checked.

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After paying they will be presented with a confirmation

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And you will see that the fine was paid using PayPal on the staff side.

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Os meus detalhes pessoais

If you have your OPACPatronDetails preference set to ‘Allow’, your patrons will see a form filled in with their contacting information by clicking on the ‘Your personal details’ tab. You can control what fields patrons see and can modify via the OPAC by setting the PatronSelfModificationBorrowerUnwantedField and PatronSelfModificationMandatoryField preferences.

Personal details tab

Patrons can edit their details in this form and click ‘Submit changes’ to have their edits sent to the library for review before their record is updated. Staff will see all patrons requesting modification to their record listed below the modules on the main dashboard along with anything else awaiting library attention.

Prompt on staff interface homepage to view pending article requests, pending purchase suggestions, patrons requesting modifications, pending catalog concerns, pending checkout notes, and pending OPAC problem reports

If the OPACPatronDetails preference is set to ‘Don’t allow’ then patrons will simply see their details and a message stating that they should contact the library for changes.

As minhas tags

If your library has TagsEnabled set to ‘Allow’ then the next tab on the left will be ‘your tags’. This tab will show patrons all of the tags in the system as a cloud and then all of the tags they have applied in a list format. From here patrons have the ability to remove tags that they have added if they want.

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Alterar a minha palavra-passe

Next, if you have OpacPasswordChange set to ‘Allow’ the next tab will be ‘change your password,’ where patrons can change their password for logging into the OPAC. Patrons will be presented with a standard form asking them to enter their old password and then their new password twice.

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If the NotifyPasswordChange system preference is enabled, the patron will receive a notification indicating their password was changed.

The content of this email can be customized with the Notices and slips tool. The code of the letter is PASSWORD_CHANGE.

O meu histórico de pesquisa

If you have your EnableOpacSearchHistory preference set to ‘Keep’ then your patrons can access their search history via the ‘your search history’ tab.

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The search history is a record of all searches run by the patron. Clicking on any of the search phrases will re-run the search for the patron. The search history can be deleted by the patron at any time by clicking the ‘Delete your search history’ link found at the top of this tab or by clicking the little red ‘x’ next to the ‘Search history’ link at the top right of the OPAC.

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Checkout history

If the opacreadinghistory system preference is set to ‘Allow’, patrons will have access to the ‘Checkout history’ tab. This will show the patron their entire borrowing history, unless they have asked the library to not keep that information via the ‘Privacy’ tab.

View of the patron's checkout history on the OPAC

If OPACShowSavings is set to display savings in the ‘your summary’ page, this section will also contain the savings the patron made by using the library rather than purchasing the items.

A message at the top of the 'Checkout history' page in the patron's account on the OPAC that reads "Congratulations, you have saved a total of $ 76.65 by using the library."

Your privacy

The ‘your privacy’ tab will appear if you have both the opacreadinghistory and the OPACPrivacy preferences set to ‘Allow.’ This tab will allow the patrons to decide how the library keeps their circulation history data.

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The patron can choose from three options:

  • Eternamente: mantenha meu histórico de empréstimos sem impor limites. Esta opção deve ser usada por usuários que querem manter um histórico de seus empréstimos.

  • Padrão: Mantenha meu histórico de empréstimos de acordo com as regras locais. Esta é a opção padrão : a biblioteca manterá seu histórico de empréstimos pela duração estabelecida pelas regras locais.

  • Nunca: Apague meu histórico de empréstimos imediatamente. Isso apagará todos os registros de materiais que foram emprestados.

Depending on the patron’s suggestions the contents of the ‘Your reading history’ tab and the ‘Circulation History’ tab in the staff client may change.

Regardless of the patron’s choice they can delete their reading history in bulk at any time by clicking the ‘Immediate deletion’ button.

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Clicking this button will not delete items that are currently checked out, but will clear the patron’s past reading history.

Important

In order for the patron to be able to delete their reading history you must have the AnonymousPatron preference set.

If you’re allowing guarantees to grand permission to their guarantors to view their current checkouts with the AllowPatronToSetCheckoutsVisibilityForGuarantor preference they will see that option on this screen.

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When the guarantor logs in they will see a tab labeled “Relatives’ checkouts” on their summary tab.

The Relatives' checkouts tab in a patron's summary page on the OPAC

Your holds history

If the OPACHoldsHistory system preference is set to ‘Allow’, patrons will be able to see all their current and past holds.

Screenshot of the holds history table in the patron's account on the OPAC.

As minhas sugestões de aquisição

If your library allows patrons to make purchase suggestions the next tab will show all suggestions that the patron made to the library and their statuses. To disable this tab and the suggestion functionality set the suggestion preference to ‘Don’t allow.’

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If you have OPACViewOthersSuggestions set to ‘Show’ then patrons will be able to search suggestions from the top of this list.

Messaging

If your library has the EnhancedMessagingPreferences and the EnhancedMessagingPreferencesOPAC preferences set to ‘Allow’ then your patrons will be able to choose which messages they receive from the library (with the exception of overdue notices which the library controls).

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If you use an outside driver for sending text messages set with the SMSSendDriver preference, you will see an additional column to receive these messages as SMS (or text messages) and a field for a cell (or SMS) number.

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If you are using the Email protocol for sending text messages set with the SMSSendDriver preference, you will see an additional column to receive these messages as SMS (or text messages), a field for a cell (or SMS) number, and a pull down listing cellular providers entered in administration.

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If you are using the i-tiva Talking Tech service you will see an additional column to receive these messages via Phone.

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  • These notices are:

    • Advanced notice: A notice in advance of the patron’s items being due (The patron can choose the number of days in advance)

    • Item checkout: A notice that lists all the of the items the patron has just checked out and/or renewed, this is an electronic form of the checkout receipt

    • Hold filled: A notice when you have confirmed the hold is waiting for the patron

    • Item due: A notice on the day and item is due back at the library

    • Item check-in: A notice that lists all the of the items the patron has just checked in

      Nota

      This notice can be customized by editing the CHECKIN notice in the Notices and slips tool.

    • Item checkout: A notice that lists all the of the items the patron has just checked out and/or renewed, this is an electronic form of the checkout receipt

      Nota

      This notice can be customized by editing the CHECKOUT notice in the Notices and slips tool.

    • Auto renewal: A notice that notifies the patron that their checkouts have been automatically renewed, or if there was a problem with their automatic renewal.

      Nota

      This notice can be customized by editing the AUTO_RENEWAL or AUTO_RENEWAL_DGST notices in the Notices and slips tool.

      • This option will only appear if the AutoRenewalNotices is set to “according to patrons messaging preferences”.

Os usuário podem optar por receber seus avisos como um resumo,assinalando a caixa “Resumo apenas”?,e também o método de entrega (SMS, E-mail, Telefone). O resumo é uma combinação de todas as mensagens que serão para um e-mail em vez de vários e-mails para cada alerta.

If the TranslateNotices preference is set to Allow the patron will also see an option to choose ‘Preferred language for notices’ with a dropdown list of available languages.

Important

You must choose a delivery method (SMS or email or phone) along with ‘Digest only?’ if you would like to receive a digest of the messages.

Listas

If the virtualshelves system preference is set to ‘Allow’, patron will see a ‘Lists’ tab.

From here, patrons can view public lists and create or edit their own private lists.

List of private lists in a patron's account on the OPAC

Pedir uma quitação

If the useDischarge system preference is enabled, patrons will be able to request a discharge via the OPAC. A discharge is a certificate that says the patron has no current checkouts and no holds.

Patrons can request a discharge from the library by going to the ‘Ask for discharge’ tab in their online account.

Discharge tab in the patron account in the OPAC

From here they can request a discharge by clicking the ‘Ask for a discharge’ button. They will receive a confirmation of their request.

Once the discharge is approved by library staff, the patron will see a download link to download a PDF of their discharge.

Discharge tab in the patron account in the OPAC with a 'Get your discharge' link

Your routing lists

If you are named as a recipient on any serial routing lists you will see them listed here. The following note is displayed “You are subscribed to the routing lists for following serial titles. If you wish to make changes, please contact the library”.

Your interlibrary loan requests

If your library has the ILLModule preference set to ‘Enable’ patrons will have the option to make ILL requests when logged in to their OPAC account. From here they can view their existing requests and place new ones.

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To place a new interlibrary loan request click on ‘Create a new request’ and choose a request form.

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Note

The options displayed are dependent on your ILL configuration. See the ILL backends wiki page at https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/ILL_backends further explanation.

Note

If you have entered copyright text in the ILLModuleCopyrightClearance preference the text displays here and you need to click ‘Yes’ to accept before continuing.

Complete the publication details as fully as possible. Depending on the form in use you may see the option to add Custom fields for additional information such as notes. Destination branch is a required field, this is the branch you would like the request to be sent to.

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Click on ‘Create’ to submit your request to the library for processing.

Your submitted request will be listed with a status of ‘New request’. Once processed the status will be updated to ‘Requested’.

Click on ‘View’ to make changes or cancel your request.

You cannot edit the form details but you can add a note to request a modification and then click on ‘Submit modifications’ at the bottom of the screen. Your modification will be sent to the library for processing.

Nota

When a patron modifies an inter-library loan request, an email is sent to library staff so that they can view the changes from the ILL module.

The email sent is based on the ILL_REQUEST_MODIFIED template. It can be customized in the Notices and slips tool.

For new requests you will also have the option to ‘Request cancellation’. Your request will be updated with the status ‘Cancellation requested’ and can then be removed by library staff.

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When a patron cancels an inter-library loan request, an email is sent to library staff so that they can cancel it from the ILL module.

The email sent is based on the ILL_REQUEST_CANCEL template. It can be customized in the Notices and slips tool.

Your recalls history

If your library allows recalls, the patron can see all their past and current recalls they have requested and their various statuses in the ‘your recalls history’ tab.

The Recalls history page in a patron's account in the OPAC

The patron can cancel a recall by clicking the ‘Cancel’ button, provided that it is not already awaiting pickup.

Curbside pickups

If your library offers curbside pickup, the patron will be able to see their scheduled pickups under ‘Curbside pickups’.

The 'Curbside pickups' tab in the patron's account in the OPAC, shows a 'Your pickups' tab, with one scheduled pickup with the library, the date and time, notes and action buttons (Alert staff of your arrival and Cancel this pickup)

The patron has the option to indicate that they are outside the library by clicking ‘Alert staff of your arrival’.

The patron also has the option to cancel their scheduled pickup with the ‘Cancel this pickup’ button.

If the ‘Patron-scheduled pickup’ setting is turned on in the curbside pickup configuration, the patron will be able to schedule their own curbside pickup appointment.

The 'Curbside pickups' tab in the patron's account in the OPAC, shows a 'Schedule a pickup' tab, with a drop-down to choose the library

  • The patron must first choose a library at which they want to pick up their items

    Nota

    Only libraries with curbside pickup enabled will be displayed in the drop-down menu.

    Furthermore, if the ‘Enable for waiting holds only’ setting is turned on, only the libraries at which the patron has waiting holds will be enabled.

  • The patron must then choose a date

    Nota

    Only dates with available time slots will be displayed.

  • The possible pickup times will be displayed, depending on the day of the week

    The 'Curbside pickups' tab in the patron's account in the OPAC, shows a 'Schedule a pickup' tab, a library is chosen in the library drop-down, a date is selected in the date field, all the time slots for that day are displayed and one is chosen in green, one is greyed out

    Nota

    The number in parentheses under each time slot is the number of available appointments for that time. If the maximum number of appointments has been reached, based on the ‘Maximum patrons per interval’ setting in the curbside pickup configuration, the time slot will be greyed out and the patron will not be able to select it.

  • The patron can optionally add a note about their pickup

  • The patron must then click ‘Schedule pickup’ to save their appointment

Sugestões de aquisição

If your library has the suggestion preference set to ‘Allow’, patrons will have the option to make purchase suggestions in several areas in the OPAC.

If you are allowing everyone to see the purchase suggestions made by others with the OPACViewOthersSuggestions preference, there will be a link at the top of your OPAC under the search box.

A link labeled 'Purchase suggestions' appears under the search bar on the main page of the OPAC

There will be a link when the patron finds nothing for their search.

A message reading 'Not finding what you're looking for? Make a purchase suggestion', there is a link under the words 'purchase suggestion'

There will be a ‘Suggest for purchase’ option in the detailed view of a bibliographic record.

List of options: Place hold, Place recall, Print, Request article, Save to your lists, Add to your cart, Suggest for purchase, Report a concern, Unhighlight, Send to device, Save record, More searches

And there will be a link in the Your purchase suggestions tab in the patron’s account.

There is a link 'New purchase suggestion' under the title of the page

Clicking any one of these links will open the purchase suggestion form.

New purchase suggestion form

If the item already exists in the catalog, the patron will see a message with what Koha thinks is the corresponding title. Matches are made on the title/ author, ISBN or ISSN. If the title isn’t what the patron is trying to suggest, they can click ‘Confirm your suggestion’, to suggest it anyway.

A message reading "A similar document already exists: Shakespeare's Sonnets . Click on "Confirm your suggestion" to ignore this message." The title is a link to the record.

Once the form is submitted the purchase suggestion will appear in the acquisitions module for the librarians to manage.

If a purchase suggestion has been ordered through the acquisitions module, the patron’s purchase suggestion title will be clickable and bring the patron directly to the ordered record in the OPAC.

Libraries

The ‘Libraries’ page shows the contact information (address lines, city, state, zip/postal code, country, phone number, fax number, website) for libraries in the system that are set as ‘Public’.

Libraries page in the opac

The library name is a link to a specific page for this library. This second page also includes ‘OpacLibraryInfo’ HTML customizations for this library.

Library-specific page for a Test library, showing the address lines, city, state, zip/postal code, country, phone, fax, website, and OpacLibraryInfo HTML customization

Reporting problems

If the OPACReportProblem system preference is enabled, patrons will have the option to report problems on the OPAC (broken links or inaccurate information for example).

At the bottom of each page is a ‘Report a problem’ link.

Main page of the OPAC

When the patron clicks on the link, they are brought to a form where they can specify what exactly is the problem.

The report a problem page

The problem report is sent to the Koha administrator by email (to the address in KohaAdminEmailAddress), and will appear in the OPAC problem reports tool. If the library has an email address, the patron will have the choice to either send the problem report to the library or to the administrator.

Nota

The notice sent by email is customizable in the Notices and slips tool. The letter code is PROBLEM_REPORT.

OPAC self checkout

Version

This feature was added in Koha version 23.11.

In addition to the self checkout module, there is a lighter weight option for libraries with smaller, trusted communities. With this option, patrons are allowed to check out items to themselves through their OPAC account with no oversight from library staff. This self checkout feature can be used on any computer or device with access to the OPAC, as opposed to the self checkout module which is meant to be used on dedicated computers.

Once the OpacTrustedCheckout system preference is enabled, logged in patrons will see a ‘Self checkout’ option at the top of the page in the OPAC.

The top of the page in the OPAC, once the patron is logged in. Next to the Koha logo, there are the 'Cart' and 'Lists' options, followed by 'Self checkout'.

Clicking on the ‘Self checkout’ link will open a pop-up where the patron can enter the item’s barcode and click ‘Submit’ or press the enter key.

Self checkout pop-up, with the prompt 'Enter item barcode' and a text input field. Buttons are 'Submit' and 'Close'.

Once the item’s barcode has been entered, a confirmation message appears at the top of the pop-up and the item’s barcode, title, call number and due date are listed at the bottom. The patron has the option to scan or enter another barcode.

Self checkout pop-up, saying "Item was checked out with the item's barcode", the 'Enter item barcode' input field is still available, and underneath is a table with the checked out item's barcode, title, call number and due date. Under the table, it says '1 items checked out'. Buttons are 'Submit' and 'Close'.

To renew the checkout, the patron only has to check out again (or renew from their summary).

Self checkout pop-up, saying 'Item will be renewed'. Buttons are 'Confirm' and 'Close'.

If an item is already checked out to another patron, a message will say so.

Self checkout pop-up, saying 'This item appears to be checked out to another patron, please return it to the desk'.

Checkout will also be blocked if:

  • the barcode is not found;

  • the item is on hold for another patron;

  • the patron’s outstanding charges are over the limit;

  • the patron already has the maximum amount of checkouts;

  • the patron does not have the required age to checkout the item;

  • the item cannot be checked out because of a not for loan or withdrawn status.