What is a personal account?

Currently many existing Libraries Australia User-IDs for Libraries Australia are 'shared accounts' which means that any default settings apply to everyone using that account. Libraries Australia now has the functionality to allow anyone using a shared account to create their own personal login.

This will enable individual users to:

  • create a personal login
  • choose their own user-id and password
  • save records into a personal folder
  • save search queries into a personal folder
  • choose their own Favourite libraries

If requested, personal logins can also be given permission to:

  • request interlibrary loans

Creating your account

Libraries who wish to activate personalisation and allow their organisation/patrons to create personal logins should provide the Help Desk with the following information in writing:

  1. A list of the Libraries Australia User-IDs that the library wants personal logins to be created from
  2. Specify whether personal logins can:
  • request interlibrary loans
  • access Libraries Australia via the library's internal authentication system or from any internet connected computer

Creating personal logins

Once an account has been set up to allow the creation of personal logins, anyone logging into the 'shared account' will see the text "Login to your personal account, or create one now to get the most out of Libraries Australia"

Selecting the ‘create one now’ option will enable the user to create their own login for immediate use, choosing their own user-id and password. Any searching done by this user will appear in Libraries Australia usage reports against the new personal User-ID. Once you have created a personal login you will see a confirmation web screen and an email will be sent to you. In order for us to verify your personal login you will need to click on the link in the email within 48 hours. If you don't, your login will be deactivated.

Changing your account

Changing your Personal Login Details

If you wish to change any of your personal login details, click on the "Edit your personal account" link which is accessible via clicking on the black login box which identifies your current login in the top right hand corner of the screen. This will allow you to update your Personal Libraries Australia login including your Personal details, Change password and Forgotten password details.

Changing your Password

If you wish to change your password click on the "Edit your personal account" link which is accessible via clicking on the black login box which identifies your current login in the top right hand corner of the screen.. Under the “Change password” enter your new password and retype your password and click save.


Please contact the Libraries Australia Help Desk

Statefulness / remembered settings

Statefulness is where Libraries Australia Search remembers what settings users have chosen. The user does not have to go to a separate form and choose options to be remembered as defaults, the system will simply remember what they used last.

When a user accesses a page for the first time, the page will revert to the default settings. (This will also happen for various settings if the user accesses the screen from a new PC; or has deleted their cookies and has no backup settings for the user account; or chooses to reset the advanced search form; or their session cookie has expired.) Once a user starts using Libraries Australia, the system remembers their personal preferences using "statefulness" and the usual defaults are overridden.

A variety of statefulness levels will be used. For example the databases chosen for searching will be remembered as long as a user is on the same PC. The fields selected in the advanced search form will only be remembered for the current session.

Where different people use the same shared account default settings set by a persistent cookie as identified above will be different but the features that are set on the login, like the favourite libraries, will be the same. If you require additional logins please contact the Libraries Australia helpdesk.

Default settings are the same for all users.