If you would like to browse through the Library's collection by type of material, you can do a SUBJECT  search by clicking on one of the headings listed below:
You can LIMIT your browse list to a specific location (i.e., Branch Children's) by clicking on the LIMIT/SORT SEARCH button.
If you need any assistance with the lists, please ask a librarian.
Word Search looks for words in the title, series title, contents notes, or plot summary. Contents notes list the titles of short stories or plays in a collection or the songs on a music CD. Plot summaries are included for many children's books and some adult fiction. The words that you use in your search will be highlighted in red.
Word Search works best when searching one or two words. Avoid using common words as they will return a large number of titles. Each word must be at least 3 letters long. The articles a, an, the will not be searched.
Use Word Search when you are looking for material on any topic; you don't know the first word of a title; you are looking for a song; you are looking for a play or short story. You can also truncate your search to find all forms of a word.
Author Search looks for the name of a person or a group that has created or performed a work. This includes authors, illustrators, composers, performers, conductors, actors, audio book readers, corporations and government departments. If you are searching for a person, you must know his or her last name. If you are looking for works about a person or group, use Subject Search instead.
Title Search looks for the title of a work. You must know at least the first word of the title. If you don't know the first word, use Word Search instead.
Subject Search looks for names of people or groups as well as Library of Congress Subject headings that describe what the work is about. If you are looking for works about a person, you must know his or her last name. If you have little success using Subject Search, use Word Search instead.
Call Number Search looks for the Dewey Decimal or Biography call number of an item. Use Call Number Search to check on an item when you already have a call number written down. This type of search is rarely used.
Limit or Sort
Limit or Sort is used to narrow your search. If using one of the basic searches listed above returns a long list of titles, narrow your search with limits or sort the titles by publication date. You may limit only one time per search, however, you may enter as many limits as necessary at that time.
You may limit by:
The truncation symbol * may be used in a Word Search. It broadens your search to include all words that begin with the letters you type. For example, a Word Search for ROBOT* will return titles with the word robot, robotics and robots. A Word Search for GARDEN* will retrieve titles with the word garden, gardener, gardening, gardens, and gardenia.
The three Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT may be used to broaden or narrow a Word Search.
Extended Display/Brief Display
Displays or removes the exact shelving location and call number.
Displays the search screen for same type of search you just made. If you searched for an author, the Author Search screen displays; if you searched for a title, the Title Search screen displays, etc.
Search as Word
Converts your subject or title search into a Word Search. This is especially useful when your subject or title search is unsuccessful. First, check your spelling, then take advantage of this feature.
Rodman Public Library cardholders may request a reserve for an item not on the shelf. You will be notified by telephone or mail when the item is available for pick up. For further information on how to place a reserve, check Placing a Reserve .
Next Screen or Previous Screen
Displays the next group of records or the previous group of records.
Next Record or Previous Record
Displays the details of the next record in the list or of the previous record in the list.
Return to Browse List
Returns to the group of records from displaying the details of a single record.
Returns to the opening Online Catalog screen.
If you have a favorite author or subject for which you always search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you quickly place reserves on new materials.
Here's how to do it:
For suggested subject headings to use for videos, large print books, books on CD and other popular formats, check out: Looking for Videos, Large Print, or Children's Materials? 
Rodman Public Library cardholders may reserve items that are not available or are available at another location. You will be notified by telephone or email when the item is available for pick up.
If you are using the Library's catalog at home and see that the item you want is on the shelf, you may place a reserve or call the Library and ask that it be pulled off the shelf and held for you. Items will be held for 5 days at the circulation desk of your choice.
The Library is often asked if we can tell someone if they have already checked out a book. Our answer has always been, "No." The Library's computer system as a rule never keeps this information once an item has been returned.
However, the library is now offering this optional feature. You must "opt-in" to the Reading History option to take advantage of this service.
Here's how it works:
By subscribing to My Reading History, I acknowledge that Rodman Public Library's online library system will retain my checkout activity for my personal use. I may unsubscribe from this service or remove any or all titles from my reading history at any time. Rodman Public Library staff will not access my reading history unless ordered to do so by an officer of the court.
While you are searching the library's catalog, you may find things that you want to save for future use or send to a friend via e-mail.
Some uses of saved catalog items include:
Follow these easy steps to export saved catalog records.
Rodman Public Library has decided to "Go Green" by offering an online service for those patrons with email addresses.
Any registered borrower may opt to have their hold pickup and overdue notices delivered to them via email. This helps the library save money on postage and printing costs. It also helps you save money on overdue fines by notifying you more quickly. Courtesy notices are also emailed to you a day or two before your items are due so you can return them or renew them.
There are two ways for patrons to take advantage of this service.
Library patrons can rate titles in our collection from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) stars. You must be a registered patron to rate titles. You can rate any title in the catalog.
The catalog will display the average number of stars that a title has received. This chart explains how others have rated items.
If you would like to rate a title, login to My Account/Renew  and then search the catalog for the title you would like to rate. Use your mouse to click on the number of stars you want. For example, in this example, the patron is giving the title 4 stars by clicking on the fourth star.
To change or delete your rating from a title, use the "Patron Rating" link in your patron record and click on the number of stars you want to use or mark the ones you wish to delete from your ratings.
For many years, the library has subscribed to Syndetics for the book jackets that appear in our online catalog. They also offered 1st chapters, synopses, series info, and author background along with a few other options. Syndetics got their database of goodies from various publishers.
To this service, we added LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL) for related titles, versions/editions, tags, and reading levels. If you are not familiar with LibraryThing , the company has been around for many years and has a database provided by 2 million book lovers who have cataloged their home collections and offered reviews of them to the world.
The two companies have now joined forces in a single catalog enhancement product - Syndetics Unbound. The benefit is an extended package of catalog enhancements that we didn't have access to in the past including info on video games, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks along with more details on books.
Here is a list of what is now available:
Here are a few examples of the enhancements:
There is a lot of great stuff now available in our catalog. The new info will be found below our cataloged information and will start with the heading: More From Syndetics Unbound. If you have any questions about these features, please ask one of our staff members.
Here are some things to look for when using the library catalog:
Please call the library at 330-821-2665 if you encounter any problems or have any questions.