The Merlin Library Catalog
How To Use the Online Catalog
Using our online catalog is easy once you learn the basics.
You can browse the catalog from home using the address http://merlin.nwls.lib.wi.us/.
You can also browse the catalog from a library computer.
Once you are in the catalog you can browse by title, author, subject or keyword.
You can browse the entire Merlin catalog at one time, or you can limit your searching to specific libraries.
You can find out if we have certain items in Drummond, surrounding local libraries, or within the entire system.
If you are new to this process you might need some assistance from library staff.
We will be happy to help you get the materials that you are looking for, or to help you find what you might be looking for if you aren't having success on your own.
We understand this might be new to you and we are experienced with the process, so don't be shy to ask for help
HOw to Request Materials
It is very easy to request books, movies, music, and anything else you might need from the Northern Waters Merlin online catalog. First of all, you will need a library card from a Merlin participating library.
Then from any location with Internet you can go to the catalog at http://merlin.nwls.lib.wi.us/ and begin to browse. You can browse by title, author, subject, or keyword. Once you find the item that you want, click on "request" and log in.
To log in, enter your name and the barcode on the back of your library card. When requesting items, be sure to choose the most convenient library to pick up your items. It is just like using a shopping basket at your favorite online store, but there is no cost.
You can log in first if you want—just use the button on our home page to access the login screen—and then search, request, renew, pay fines, set your notification preferences, and/or review your reading history.
Once you have sent in a request, your job is done until you receive a call or email (your preference) from your library letting you know that your items are in. Sometimes your items will come separately and you may need to make more than one trip to the library.