Web Client - Register Patron



Register Patron is the form used to create a new library account. Four pieces of information are minimally required to create an account: a barcode number, a name, a permission group, and an address. These fields are highlighted in yellow. Additional information, suggested for best practice, include date of birth, telephone number(s), email address. The Statistical Categories Residency and School Code are required to present in a record, but not required to create the record.

Field details


The unique number and scannable code printed on the library card issued to a patron. This is used to retrieve a patron for checkout, holds, etc.

OPAC / Staff Client Username

By default the username duplicates the barcode number, but the username can be customized for easier login to patron online accounts. Patrons can login to their online accounts, using their barcode number and password, and set their own username. Library staff can enter a username for the patron, but must be careful because usernames are case sensitive.


When the registration form is opened, a generic password is filled in. This will be replaced by the last four digits of the patron's Daytime Phone once it is entered. If a Daytime Phone is not entered, be sure to provide the generic number to the patron. Patrons can login to their online accounts to change their password to something more personal.

Primary Name

Primary name is a patron's legal name. PLS requires first name and last name, and recommends a middle name or middle initial.

Preferred Name

Preferred name can be used when a patron more commonly uses a name other than their legal name. Preferred name is searchable and displays in the patron summary below the Primary Name.

Name keywords

Name keywords can also be used to record alternate names, or nicknames, for patrons instead of preferred names. These keywords are searchable, but do not print to slips, receipts, or notices.

Date of Birth

We ask for date of birth for general statistical reports (for example, number of patrons over 60) or to distinguish between patron accounts with the same or similar names. Some libraries use date of birth to indicate juvenile patrons for fine free circulation.

The current format of the date of birth is YYYY-MM-DD. It can be typed in, or selected using the calendar widget.

For tips on navigating to earlier years in the calendar widget, watch this minni-video:
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Juvenile, Parent/Guardian

The Juvenile toggle box will be checked automatically if the patron is younger than the "juvenile" setting - 13 years by system default, or else a library-specific age. This is calculated by evergreen based on the Date of Birth.

Enter the juvenile patron's parent or guardian name in the corresponding field. This field is present on all records, regardless of the patron's age.

Primary and Secondary Identification

PLS does not record any identification data in the online record.

Email Checkout Receipts by Default

If a patron regularly uses email, this setting can be selected to generate emailed checkout receipts. Patrons can also opt in to this feature by logging in to their online accounts and selecting it. In Check Out, staff will see an email icon next to the print receipt buttons for patrons who have this selected.

Permission Group

Patron profile/permission groups specify circulation policies. Most patrons will use the "Patron" permission group.

User Settings

User Settings is where staff can enter information that is used to auto-fill place hold forms. For new patron records, Phone and Email are checked by default. If the User Settings are not edited on record creation, the place hold form will have Phone and Email checked, and if the patron has a Daytime Phone number on record, that will auto-fill for the phone notification. Email notifications are always a yes/no check, and use the email address on record. Staff can update this information at any time at the patron's request. Patrons can also change their own hold notification preferences from their online account.

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  • Default Phone Number can be any number, and does not have to be otherwise included in the patron record.
  • Default Hold Pickup Location is generally the Home Library/library where the record was created. This can be changed to any library of the patron's preference.
  • Hold is behind Circ Desk is a feature not used by any PLS libraries; leave unchecked.
  • Collections: Exempt is a feature not used by any PLS libraries; leave unchecked.
  • Hold Notices - check or uncheck the preferred notification format; email draws from the email address on file.
  • Default SMS/Text Number enter the text number using the format 1235554987 (area code and no hyphens)
  • Default SMS/Carrier - select the carrier from the list; if the patron's carrier is not listed contact PLS for assistance. If the patron does not know what carrier they have, have them send a text to a library email (compose a text, and in the area where the erecipient's number would go, enter the email address). The message will include carrier information.

Allow others to use my account

This is a way to formally acknowledge that other patrons have access to an account and clarifies the access they can have.
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Mailing vs. Physical Address

The Mailing Address is the address used to generate addresses on overdue bill letters and other mailed notices. Commonly, mailing and physical address are the same. If the patron uses a PO Box for mail, enter that as the mailing address, but their street address as the physical address.

Add Multiple Addresses

A patron can have additional addresses on file that are neither mailing nor physical addresses, or that may change seasonally. For example, summer residents could have both a local summer address and an out of area winter address.

Statistical Categories

Statistical categories are used to track special information about patrons. The most critical categories are Residency and School Code, which are used to count patrons for financial purposes.

Register patron form

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