Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Guide to the Smallbone Library and its services: Searching the Library catalogue and reserving items

Searching the catalogue

Basic searching

This video shows you how to do a general search for an item on Heritage, our online catalogue, and explains what information the catalogue gives you about that item. It covers general searching, using links to authors, subjects and keywords and briefly touches on limiting your search to a particular section of the Library (e.g. talking books).

The main focus of this video is fiction items. If you are reasonably confident with general searching but want to be able to refine your search technique, and especially if you are looking for non-fiction items, you should watch the Advanced Searching video below this one.

You will need to log in using your school email address and password to view the video. If you have problems with the embedded video here is the direct link to the video in Stream. Mac users using Safari should check the notice to the right.

Advanced searching

This video shows you how to do an advanced search for an item on Heritage, our online catalogue. It is particularly (but not exclusively) focused on non-fiction items and covers:

  • Using * to stand for a number of unknown letters
  • Limiting a search to particular locations in the Library
  • Using the Boolean operators AND, OR and AND NOT
  • Using ? to stand for a single unknown letter

If you are uncertain about general searching on the catalogue, you should watch the Basic Catalogue Seaching video above first.

You will need to log in using your school email address and password to view the video. If you have problems with the embedded video here is the direct link to the video in Stream. Mac users using Safari should read the notice to the right.

Reserving items

The video below shows you how to reserve a book on Heritage, our Library catalogue. Students who are allowed into the Library can also ask us at the issue desk if you would like us to reserve an item for you. Please contact us if you have any issues or queries.

You will need to log in using your school email address and password to view the video. If you have problems with the embedded video here is the direct link to the video in Stream. Mac users using Safari should read the notice to the right.

Change to normal procedure due to COVID-19: Normally books that are on the shelves cannot be reserved. However we are currently operating a click-and-collect service, so any book can be reserved. You will be notified by email when your book comes in, please read and follow the instructions in the email telling you how to collect the book.

Click and collect service

The library is currently offering a Click & Collect service while the physical library remains closed to most pupils. 

To use this service, click below:

Notice for Mac users

Important notice for Mac users using Safari:
If you are having any problems accessing the embedded videos, this is probably because you have "Prevent cross-site tracking" switched on, which is the default option in Safari. You have two choices. You can either turn this setting off and refresh your browser screen (at which point the videos should allow you to sign in and should work) or you can use a different browser.
There are instructions below for turning off "Prevent cross-site tracking" in Safari. If you want to use a different browser, I use Firefox (available free here), but there are many other choices available.

Normal term-time Library opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 08:30-21:15
Sat: 08:00-16:00
Sun: 14:00-18:00