How it works
First, create an account. Enter a valid email address to create the account and a cell phone number if you wish to receive text message notifications. A confirmation email will be sent to that address which you will need to see in order to complete registration. If you enter a cell phone number, a confirmation code will be sent to that phone.
Under "my account" you can set the default sending method for messages, text or email (but not both).
To subscribe, either search for an author in the search box, or browse by clicking on "Browse authors." Click on "Subscribe to posts tagged with..." for the author you want to follow.
If you want to add more authors, come back to this site, log in and choose a new author to follow.
What doesn't work
Right now, this service is limited to books.
This service does not notify you when a hold is in, etc, and is not related to the text alert service connected to your library card. This is a separate service.
Since we order far in advance of release, often the data that we are using for this site is sparse. Usually there is a cover, but probably not a summary of the book.
libAlerts will not work for Overdrive ebooks. We get the books in the Overdrive site before we get catalog information.
Some non-fiction standing order materials, like travel books, may not work; but standing-order fiction will.
We cannot refine by format, or account for series, but we do include links to two great websites with series info, above.
Mobile interface There is a mobile interface. iPad users will be directed to the mobile version. At this time, you cannot switch between interfaces. We're working on it, though. You do not need to use the mobile interface to receive text messages.
We won't give anyone access to your personal info. Period.
If you have never placed a hold via our catalog before, here are some video tutorials. With these skills under your belt, you will be able to take full advantage of this service.