Creating Library Specific and Custom URLS

The Commonwealth Catalog allows users to construct custom URLs that can preselect the library and, if required, default to an open login box.

Please note the ‘library code’ referred to is the code used by the Commonwealth Catalog, and can be found in the library drop down list on the login page.  Each library’s code begins with a network abbreviations followed by a dash. For example ‘SAILS-XXXX“

URL preselects the library, but does not open the login dialog box:

Replace the xxx in the following URL with the library code: https://commonwealthcatalog.org/mvc/?cid=massvc&lid=xxx&reset=force

Example using the library code of ‘flo-emmanuel’: https://commonwealthcatalog.org/mvc/?cid=massvc&lid=flo-emmanuel&reset=force

URL that preselects the library and presents users with a login screen.

Replace xxx with the Commonwealth Catalog library code:
https://commonwealthcatalog.org/mvc/?cid=massvc&lid=xxx&reset=over

Example using the library code of ‘flo-emmanuel’:
https://commonwealthcatalog.org/mvc/?cid=massvc&lid=flo-emmanuel&reset=over

Auto login at your library (use with extreme care):

When constructed, this URL will open ComCat already logged in to the appropriate page. 

Replace xxx with the Commonwealth Catalog library code, UUUU with your user id, and PPPP with your password:

https://commonwealthcatalog.org/mvc?cid=massvc&lid=XXXX&uid=UUUU&pwd=PPPP&reset=vauth


Tips for Bookmarking Commonwealth Catalog Links

Internet Explorer

  • Enter commonwealthcatalog.org into the address field.
  • Bookmark this link to your Favorites Bar
  • Right click on the link in your Favorites Bar>choose Properties. A dialog box will open
  • Highlight and delete the following link. Change the XXXX in the link below to your ComCat library code. Then paste the new link into the URL field.
  • Click apply>OK.

Firefox

1. Enter commonwealthcatalog.org into the address field.
2. Bookmark this link to your Favorites Bar
3. Right click on the link in your Favorites Bar>choose properties (at the bottom of the list).

4. Highlight and delete the link. Then paste the new link into the location field.
5. Click Save

Chrome

1. Enter commonwealthcatalog.org into the address field
2. Book mark this link to your Favorites Bar
3. Right click on the link in your Favorites Bar>choose bookmark manager
4. Right click on the correct bookmarked tab>choose Edit
5. Paste the new link into the URL field>click enter.