Account Basics

Before accessing your online library account, you must possess a library card.

How to Apply for an Adult Library Card:
Sachem library card is your passport to a variety of library services, privileges, and activities. Adult applicants must show current proof of residence or ownership when applying for a library card. Examples of valid forms of identification include:

  • Driver’s License/non-driver ID
  • Automobile registration
  • Automobile Insurance ID card
  • Utility or credit card bill (within 60 days)
  • Bank statement
  • Pay stub
  • Lease/deed/tax bill

Applicants can either complete an online library card application or apply in person at the Circulation Desk

 

Applying for Children’s and Teen Cards:
A child/teen under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when applying for a Library Card. Your child, from infancy through the 5th grade, is eligible for a Children’s Library Card. When you register your child, you may choose to limit your child’s access to materials and computers only in the Children’s Room. Please stop by the Circulation Desk to review and change these access decisions at any time.

A child is eligible for a Teen Library Card on May 15th of the year he/she completes 5th grade. The parent/guardian must be present to sign the new Library Card.

 

Library Card Renewals:
Your library card is valid for 5 years. In order to renew your card, you must present proof of residency or ownership within the district. Library cards must be clear of all delinquencies and/or fines before they can be renewed.

Registering for my library account

You must register to use the “My Library Account” Feature.

Getting Started:
The first time you register your account, you must have your library card available.

  1. First, access the Sachem Library web site home page: http://www.sachemlibrary.org/ (You may also log in from any page on our site that includes the “My Account” button on the top navigation bar, including this page you’re currently reading.)
  2. Next, place the mouse over the “My Account” option on top of the navigation bar, and then click on “Sign In” when it appears on the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the Barcode from the back of your library card into the indicated space on the site.
  4. Type a password into the “Password” field.
  5. Click Login or press Enter.
  6. You will be asked to re-enter your new password for verification.

My Account Features

Your online Library Account gives you convenient access to many features

  • To find out when borrowed materials are due, click on “Items currently checked out.” 
  • Text Message Alerts
    This option enables you to receive text messages to alert you when borrowed items are due, when items are overdue, or when reserved items are available. 
  • To renew borrowed materials, select “Items currently checked out.” You can sort by date, renew all items, or renew selected items. Select an item by clicking in the box to the left. If no renewal is available, no check box will appear. (Note: You may not renew items that have outstanding holds or have reached a maximum number of renewals.) To determine if you have successfully renewed an item, check the “status” column for confirmation. Example:
    DUE 11-14-13 RENEWED
    Now due 12-12-13 Renewed 1 time 
  • Sign up for Auto Renew
    Opt in for autorenewal so you won’t have to worry about due dates! Your borrowed items will be renewed automatically as long as there are no other holds on them, and you have not exceeded the maximum number of renewals. An email will let you know what has been renewed and what is not eligible. 
  • To request an item, Click in the blank search box at the top of the screen. When you’ve found the item, click “Request.” At the login screen, enter your barcode and password. 
  • To cancel a request, click on “requests (holds).” Select the requests you wish to cancel by clicking in the box to the left of the title and click “Update Holds.” The canceled request will be removed from the list. 
  • To “freeze” requests, select the requests you wish to freeze by clicking in the box to the right of the title and click “Update Holds.” Your requests will be suspended until you “unfreeze” them. You will not lose your place in the queue. When you are available to check out items, you can “unfreeze” your requests. This option is particularly useful if you expect to be out of town or unavailable to pick up materials. Please note that your requested materials will not become available until you “unfreeze” your requests. 
  • Preferred Searches is a list of catalog searches that you have saved. You will be updated via e-mail of newly added titles which may be of interest to you based on your preferred searches. 
  • My Lists is a feature you create while searching the catalog. “My Lists” saves titles which you would like to request or borrow in the future. This feature will also alert you to possibly duplicating what you may have already checked out by comparing your list with your Reading History list. 
  • My Reading History is a feature that maintains a list of books you’ve borrowed. To activate this feature, select “Opt In.” A history of your borrowed and returned items will now begin. You may delete any or all items in the list at any time. To stop recording a list of items you have borrowed, click “Opt Out.”
  • With Change My Contact Information, you can enter a(n): 
    • Username in place of your barcode when logging into your Library Account. Enter an easy-to-remember, unique username into the field labeled “username” and click Submit. (Your username will not be accepted if there is a space between words. Try using an underscore instead.) If the username you have selected is not already in use, it will now be available to use in place of your barcode.
    • Email Address. This option permits you to receive email updates to alert you when borrowed items are due, when items are overdue, and when reserved items are available.
    • Text Message Alerts. This option permits you to receive text messages to your phone to alert you when borrowed items are due, when items are overdue, and when reserved items are available.

Borrowing Guidelines

Items: Loan Period: Fines per day:
New Books Adult, Children & Teen 14 Days 5 Cents
Fiction and Non-fiction Books Adult, Children and Teen 28 Days 5 Cents
Magazines 14 Days 50 Cents
Non-fiction DVDs 28 Days 50 Cents
Music CDs 14 Days 50 Cents
New Movies 3 Days 50 Cents
Movies 7 Days 50 Cents
Quik Flix 3 Days 50 Cents
Video Games 7 Days 50 Cents
Audiobooks 28 Days 50 Cents
Playaway Views 28 Days 50 Cents
eReaders 21 Days 50 Cents
Inter Library Loan Dependent on Lending Library
  • Maximum fine for Books and Magazines is $3.00. Maximum fine for audiovisual items is $10.00.
  • You may call, visit in person, go online, or set up autorenewal to renew your library items. Please note that items may not be renewed if there are outstanding requests or maximum renewals have been exceeded.
  • The replacement cost of the items will be charged if they are returned damaged or beyond 5 months overdue.

 

Pay Fines Online
Sachem Library fines and bills totaling over $1.00 may be paid online using Visa© and MasterCard©. Within the “My Account” section, select “Unpaid fines and bills.” Click on “Pay Your Library Fines Online,” and select the fines you wish to pay. Complete the form and click “Submit.”