Navigating the New Online Catalog

Check out this post to see how to:

  • Log in
  • Change your personal information
  • Find items
  • Place holds


Logging In

  1. Access your account by clicking on the “My Account” link on the WGPL home page.


2. Type your barcode (found on the back of your library card, also known as your full library card number) and password into the boxes. If it’s the first time you’re logging in, your password is 1234.


Managing Your Account

Once you’re logged in, you can make all kinds of changes to your information, including creating a username, changing your password, creating a check-out history, renewing items, and estimating fines and fees. All of these options can be managed under the “My Account” tab at the top of the page.

  1. Creating a Username and Password:
  • These changes are accessed by expanding the “Change Logon” section at the bottom of the “My Account” page. Make sure to click the box next to “Change Username” or “Change Password” before you start typing. And make sure to click save!


2. Creating a Check-out History:

  •  If you want to keep track of all the things you’ve checked out, make sure you check the box next to “Maintain Reading History” in the “Contact Information and Preferences” section. Please note that this will only keep track of things that are checked out going forward from the date you chose that option.


3. Seeing What is Checked Out & Renewing Items:

To view a list of the items you have checked out, click on “Items Out” in the menu on the left-hand side of the page, or choose “Items Out” from the list under the “My Account” tab at the top of the page.Picture6

To renew items, click the box next to the title and then click on “Renew Selected Items.” Simply click on “Renew All Items” to renew everything.


4. Estimating Fees & Fines:

The aPicture7mount you currently owe in fines & fees is listed next to “Fines & Fees” on the left side of the page. Click on those words to see an itemized list. Click on “Estimate Overdue Fines” and then choose a date from the drop-down calendar to find out how much you’ll owe if you turn items in and pay at a later date.


Searching & Placing Holds

Start any search by typing the title, author, or subject into the search bar on the catalog’s main page and pressing enter. This will give you the widest search results; narrower initial results can be found by clicking on one of the choices below the main search bar.

To narrow your search, click on any of the options under “Narrow Your Search” on the left side of the page. Among the options are: format, owning library, language, series information, and subject. You can also choose “More” under most of those headings to see other options listed.


Click on the title to find out more about a specific item, including the plot summary, availability, location of copies in the MLC, and suggestions of similar titles.


To place a hold, click on “Place Request” on the right side of the page. You will be prompted to select a pickup library. After choosing a library, you’ll see a page confirming that your hold has been placed; this page will also allow you to confirm your contact information. Note: if you’re placing a hold on a popular title, you may have an additional step letting you know how many holds are currently on the item, and asking you if you’re sure you want to proceed with the hold request.


For further assistance or questions please contact the Reference Desk.

By phone – (314) 961-7277

By email –

Images of America–Webster Groves Edition

Yesterday Tom Cooper, Emma Delooze-Klein and I gave a talk at the Kirkwood Public Library about our recently published book, Images of America: Webster Groves. We spoke about our favorite pictures and told some of the back stories – how we got the picture, why it was taken and so on.
One of the images I talked about was the picture of Hans Lemcke and his band of young musicians at Bristol School in 1929 or 1930. Hans Lemcke was a music teacher in Webster Groves for 37 years but before that, he was in a band directed by John Phillip Sousa. The story goes that Sousa would visit Hans Lemcke in his home. While we were working on the book, I checked the census records and discovered that the Lemcke home was right across the street from the lot that would one day become the site of the Webster Groves Public Library.
As often happens when we give talks about the book, yesterday we learned something new. A woman came up to me after the talk and said that she used to take music lessons from Mrs. Lemcke in the Lemcke home. And unless it had changed, the railing from the sidewalk up to the house was decorated with a treble clef. As soon as Tom and I got back to the library, I checked to see if it was still true. It is!
If you would like to read more stories about the history of Webster Groves, check out our book. Copies are also available to buy at the library.

Treble clef railing





Thanks to the Municipal Library Consortium’s decision to subscribe to LibraryElf, it is now easier than ever to keep track of all your library materials.

Who uses Elf?

  • Anyone who wants to reduce overdue fines
  • Families with children and lots of books
  • Individuals with several library cards
  • Anyone who requests a lot of holds


What’s delivered?

  • Email and/or RSS alerts before items are due
  • Email and/or RSS alerts on overdue items and holds
  • Consolidated list of yours or your family’s library loans and holds
  • Cellphone text message alerts for holds
  • Real-time checking by browser




Go to and click on “Library Elf” to sign up today!


Use of Adobe ID

Due to new changes to the OverDrive app for Android and iOS devices, there has been an elimination of the need to create an Adobe ID account in order to check out and use audiobooks and ebooks.

Use of the Adobe Digital Editions program still requires the creation of an Adobe ID account. Older devices such as NOOK Classic and Simple Touch, as well as use of the program on PC and Mac computers, will continue to use Adobe ID accounts.







Instead of creating Adobe ID:

1. New users will be prompted to create an OverDrive account upon app install.

2. Existing users: If you already have an Adobe ID or OverDrive account, no action needed. If reinstalling the app, will be prompted to create/ sign in to OverDrive account.

3. Users under 13: Anonymously authorize app. Will not have OverDrive account features. A parent/guardian can create OverDrive account for user.



Borrow eBooks and Audiobooks from your NOOK Color and Tablet

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Installing OverDrive

1. From Google Play, search for OverDrive app and download for free. (Skip section 2-4)


1. Open the app section of your NOOK from the menu and select “Shop Now.”

App store

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2. Search for “OverDrive,” and select the “Free” button next to the OverDrive symbol.

3. “Confirm” to start installation. (You may need to enter your B&N password).

4. When the app has finished downloading, select “Close” at the bottom of the screen.


5. In the settings menu select “Get Books.” Next, enter your library name or zip code to find Webster Groves. Select the Municipal Library Consortium.

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6. The OverDrive app functions the same as the web browser. You can search for specific books, authors and subjects at the top of the page, or you can browse collections by selecting Fiction or Nonfiction eBooks or Audiobooks.

7. When you are browsing books, you can choose to look at only the titles that are currently available for checkout by going to the Collections drop-down menu at the top left side.

8. When you have selected a book, click on the word “Borrow” underneath the title image.

9. Next, you will be prompted to enter your library card number to sign in (if you have not already) and check out the book.


10. Once you have signed in, your device will begin loading the selected title. Some devices may prompt you to download the title.

11. When the title has finished downloading you can find it in your OverDrive Library. You can access your library by opening the settings menu and selecting “Bookshelf.” Tap the title to start reading or listening.


Place a Hold

  • If  an eBook or Audiobook is currently checked out, there will be a white banner above the title image displaying “Wait list”.ebook_placehold
  • Instead of the option to borrow the book, you will be able to place a hold by click on the words underneath the title image.


  • If you have not already signed in, you will be prompted and then to confirm your e-mail address. The library will contact you when your hold is available. After you have received your e-mail you will have 3 days to check out your hold, if you have not opted for automatic check-outs.
  • To access your hold, go to your Loans page (books icon).books-icon
  • Next, choose your Holds from the menu on the left.  Next to the cover of the book there will be an option to download the book.



Want some more tips on how to use OverDrive on your NOOK?  Check out these sites:


We Need Your Help!

OverDrive App  During the month of June, if Webster Groves and the rest of the Hometown Library Network increase OverDrive* circulation by 25%, improvements will be awarded to your collection!  Help us out by heading over to our OverDrive site and downloading any available eBook or Audiobook (or 10)!  With your help we’ll be able to hit our goal of 5,935 total checkouts!

*OverDrive is your free eBook and Audiobook service.  Visit to browse the collection of eBooks and Audiobooks for adults, teens and children!  If you are looking to get started with OverDrive, check out our guides to using OverDrive here.

2048px-EBook_between_paper_booksKeep Calm and eRead On

Join us for an open discussion of your favorite eBook and Audiobooks (or just some of your favorite books!).   We’ll also go over a couple quick tips and tricks to make sure you’re getting the most out of your OverDrive account.  Need help with OverDrive?  Stick around after the program for one-on-one help from staff members.  Attend this program for your chance to win a new book or advanced reading copies!  We welcome all ages and levels of experience.  Light refreshments will be served.

OverDrive Big Read

From June 3-18, check out award-winning author Laurien Berenson’s A Pedigree to Die For.  During these dates you’ll be able to enjoy Berenson’s kennel-themed murder mystery with no holds and no wait lists!  Check it out here!  Berenson is best known for her Melanie Travis series, which features a school teacher who shows Poodles.  A Pedigree to Die For is the first in the series. A Pedigree to Die For

Have any questions about the OverDrive service, upcoming events or the OverDrive Challenge?  Give us a call at 314-961-3784, e-mail us at, or stop by the library!


Hometown Library Scavenger Hunt–Day One

We had a good first day for our Scavenger Hunt. Twenty-nine families and individuals came to play. We were surprised by how many had already visited and completed the challenges at four or five libraries. Some of our questions were challenging, but everybody eventually answered them all. There are still 6 days to go, so be sure to stop in and get your passport today! For complete rules, check the Municipal Library Consortium Website.ImageImageImageImageImage