Technical Assistance FAQ

Library Card & Catalog eBooks & Audio eBooks
Can't Access a Database? Clearing the Cache/Temporary Internet Files

Library Card & Catalog

What is my library card number and how should I enter it?

Your library card number is below the barcode on the back of your Denver Public Library card. It always starts with the letter D, followed by the number 0 (zero), followed by eight additional numbers. In the example below, you would enter D010101010. Enter the number without spaces.

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Why can't I connect to My Account?

In My Account, your default login is your library card number and your password is your 4 digit birth year. After you log in, you have the option to change your username or password. If you forget your username or password, use the "Forgot your password?" link on the sign-in page and your password will be emailed to you. If you still can't log in, email Circulation or call your library.

Why can't I sign in to my eMedia account?

  • If your Library Card is blocked for any reason, you will not be granted access to your eMedia account. Please check My Account to determine the status of your account or contact Circulation for assistance.
  • Your temporary library card number will not be accepted to check out eMedia. You must complete your registration at any Denver Public Library location.

In My Account under Holds, what does Status mean?

  • Hold Active - No copies are currently on the shelf and you are in the hold queue.
  • Hold Inactive - Holds were suspended for vacation, etc.
  • Hold Pending - You have reached the top of the hold list and will receive the next available copy.
  • Hold In Transit - Item has been found at one location and is moving to your pickup location.
  • Hold Shelf - Item is on the hold shelf at your pickup location and is ready for pickup.
  • Hold Unclaimed - Item arrived at pick-up location and was not checked out within 7 days. Message remains until the item is checked in by staff.
  • Hold Canceled - You or a staff member canceled the hold. Message remains for 7 days.

Where can I learn more about the Catalog and My Account?

See Great New Features in the Online Catalog to read about it, or watch video tutorials.

Can't Access a Database?


Why do I get an error message when I try to access a library resource from home or work?

You must use the links on Denver Public Library's Research Resources pages to access resources licensed to the Denver Public Library. The authentication/validation process is built into those links. You can bookmark the most convenient Research Resources page, but a bookmark to the resource itself will not work.

Some resources are not available to remote users. Some resources can only be used from inside the Library.

If you entered your library card number incorrectly, the failed connection may remain in your cache or temporary Internet files. Clear your cache or temporary Internet files and try again.

Port 2048 must be open to allow library card authentication for library resources. Some networks, including some workplaces, have not allowed access to Port 2048. If you are not prompted for your library card or if the connection times out before your library card number is accepted, ask your system administrator to open port 2048.

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Some resources require that the date and time settings on your computer are accurate.

In order to connect to some library resources, cookies must be allowed.

Are there times when the Library catalog or other databases are down for maintenance?

Some services and databases have regularly-scheduled maintenance windows:

  • Library catalog, My Library card, eMedia sign-in: Early morning on the 1st weekday of the month. Services are generally restored by 9 a.m. Mountain Time. You may need to clear your cache or temporary Internet files if you tried to connect during the down time.
  • Downloadable eMedia: The third Thursday of the month, 4 a.m. - 6 a.m. MT.
  • ProQuest databases: Occasionally, ProQuest will schedule a 12-hour maintenance window over a weekend. The window is Saturday 8 p.m. to Sunday 8 a.m. MT. Several times a year, ProQuest databases including Heritage Quest, Sanborn Maps, New York Times Current and Historical Newspapers and National Newspaper Core may be affected.

Some configurations may not be compatible with the requirements of certain online resources. The library cannot anticipate all variables. You may have to come to the library to use a particular resource.

eBooks & Audio eBooks

Getting Started

For help getting started with eBooks and Audio eBooks see the eMedia catalog and select My Help. Choose your preferred format and which equipment you have to see detailed instructions.

More eBook help

See Downloadable eBooks and Audio eBooks for tutorials and additional help. Need more help? Contact us with an eBook or audio eBook Support question.

I've tried everything and still can't connect. What now?

Clear my cache or temporary Internet files.

Many technical glitches can be solved by clearing your cache or temporary Internet files. Instructions vary depending on your browser. See Clear Your Browser's Cache for instructions.

Still can't connect?

Send email to webmaster@denverlibrary.org or use the Technical Assistance form. Tell us what you are trying to do, your name and library card number, what operating system and browser you are using, and what the error message says.

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