How to make a reservation

You can search the library's catalogue using the search field at the top of this website:

How to reserve, search

When you find something you would like to reserve, click its title to get more options:

Click the title of the material you want to view

On the next page, click "Reserve":

Click "Reserve"

If you are logged in, you will skip this next step. If not, the login form will pop up, where you can log in using your kennitala and PIN or choose "Log in via island.is" and log in using either your web key or electronic identification.

Note that if you log in via island.is, when login is complete you will be redirected to the front page of our website, and will have to search for the chosen material again to complete the reservation.

In this example we will log in using our kennitala and PIN:

Logging in using kennitala and PIN

When you have logged in, you will need to choose your preferred pick-up location for this reservation:

Choose preferred branch and interest period

Note that if you choose the bookmobile (Bókabíllinn Höfðingi) as the pickup branch, a textfield will pop up where you need to specify a location on the bookmobile‘s route:

Specify location for pickup with bookmobile

You should then get a message saying that the reservation was successful.

You can see your current reservations in "My Account". There are separate pages for "Reservations ready for pick-up" and "Reservations in queue":

"My Account" menu showing reservations in queue

Choose either and you will see the material's name and pick-up location:

Reservations in queue

Reservations in queue can be deleted shortly after they are made, as soon as they have been processed by the library system.

If you no longer have need for a reservation that is ready for pick-up, please let us knonw by sending a message or calling 411 6100.

How long to wait

You will be notified by email when your reservation is ready for pick-up.

If the item is on shelf at your chosen pick-up location, you should receive a notification later that day or the next day.

If the item needs to sent over from one of the other city libraries, you may need to wait for a few days, as items are shipped between libraries twice a week.

And finally, if all copies of the item are on loan already, your name will be added to the waiting list. You will be notified when the item is returned and you are next in line.

Please note that in order to send your notification we need to have your email on file. You can check whether your current email is registered by going to "My Account" and clicking "My Settings".

The My settings page

Here you can also see the number of your library card and set a new PIN (which is useful if you plan to use the e-library).

You can also choose the default pick-up location for your reservations, but you will always get the option to choose another one when making the actual reservation.

If the information is correct, you don't need to do anything. If no email or the wrong email address is registered, please let us know by sending a message or calling 411 6100.