Your Library ID(s), Password(s), and Account(s)
One vs Many Accounts
Since the library offers many databases through many different vendors, it is theoretically possible for you to have many different library-related accounts. However, you probably only need one library account, and that is your WorldCat account. Your WorldCat account enables you to do the following things.
- view your contact information (address, phone, etc.)
- create or change your password
- view a list of what you have on loan, with due dates
- renew items on loan
- view status of holds
- view bills
In addition, we use your WorldCat ID and password to control access to all library databases, not just to WorldCat. For example, if you are off campus and you go to the library website and click a link to use the ATLA database, you will see the WorldCat login screen and then be connected to ATLA. So your WorldCat password is your all purpose library password. It is the only ID and password you need to use most databases. There are a few exceptions. For example, you need a personal account with TLG to use their database.
Your WorldCat account is probably all you need, but you can optionally also have additional accounts with other databases and you may want those extra accounts. All those accounts allow you to personalize settings and use special features specific to certain databases. For example, you need an account with EBSCO if you want to download one of their ebooks. (You don't need an EBSCO account to read their ebooks online or to copy ebook pages or to save ebook pages as pdfs. So most students just save a chapter or two as a pdf rather than downloading a whole ebook.) Most databases will let you store a search that will automatically execute every month and send new records to you on that topic. You might want to do that if you are working on a very long term project like a doctoral dissertation. But stored searches require a special account with the database (so it knows where to email the search results every month).
Access your WorldCat account as follows.
- Go to http://dts.on.worldcat.org
- Pick Library Links ==> My Account in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Login as described below
DTS Faculty and Student Login
Use your DTS ID number and your WorldCat password to login to WorldCat.
If you forgot or never had a password for your account, see How to Create or Reset a WorldCat Password. You must have a working email address in your library record in order to create or reset your password.
Community User Login
If you are a registered Community User with a Courtesy Card, then use your library barcode number when WorldCat asks you for a DTS ID number.
Your barcode is the 14 digit number on your Courtesy Card. Note this image shows spaces between numerals. Do not uses spaces when you use the barcode number to login. In this example, the barcode number is 50313016118180.
If you forgot or never had a password for your WorldCat account, see How to Create or Reset a WorldCat Password. You must have a working email address in your library record in order to create or reset your password.
DTS Grad Login
If you are a DTS graduate, you automatically have a WorldCat account that allows you to access a few databases. (Here is more about services for DTS graduates.) In addition, DFW area grads may register as a Community User and get a Courtesy Card in order to borrow books, etc. This means a grad can have TWO accounts in WorldCat: a Grad account and Commmunity User account. Each account has its own ID and password. See above Community User section for login information.
|Grad account||Community User account|
|Purpose||Access to a few Grad databases||Borrow books, renew books, view due dates, etc. in WorldCat|
|How obtain account||Automatic when you graduate||You must register; expires annually|
|Login ID||DTS ID number||Courtesy Card barcode number|
|Password||You specify||You specify|