Arena 1.5:User accounts

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User accounts

A user account enables you to contribute to Arena. When you have logged in, you may access the online catalogue, check what you have on loan, renew or reserve items, or see what we have in a range of subject areas. You may also search for local clubs and organizations, or contact service providers to get the help when you need it.

  • Some libraries may set up an Arena account for you automatically, and allow you to use your library membership card number and PIN to log in to Arena. In this case, there is no need for you to create a user account.
  • Arena supports several user account types. Each type grants the user access to a range of Arena's features.

If you use Arena without logging in, it will treat you as Guest (see above). The Guest user account is anonymous and therefore requires no log in. However, while all Arena controls remain visible to you as Guest, you may only use the navigation, viewing and searching portlets of Arena. You may not write reviews.

See also Account Profile.

Account security advice

  • Keep your login details secure.
  • Do not allow anyone else to use your login details.
  • When you log in, ensure that entry of your password is not observed.
  • When you have finished using Arena on a shared computer, be sure to log out.
  • If you believe that your Arena account has been used by someone else, alert library staff, and change your Arena password, as soon as possible.

Create your user account

Any member of a library which has Arena, may create a user account.

  1. Find your library membership card, and locate on it your library card number and PIN code.
  2. Use your web browser to navigate to the Arena Welcome page.
  3. In the Login panel, click 'Create new account'.
  4. In the centre panel, click 'Create an account'. This will begin the three-step account creation process.
  5. Read the membership rules. If you accept them, tick 'I accept the agreement'. If may only create a user account if you accept the membership rules.
  6. Click Next.
  7. In 'Library Card' type your library card number.
  8. In 'PIN Code' type your PIN.
  9. Click Next.
  10. In 'Nickname' type the name by which you wish to be known when logged in to Arena. For tips and rules nicknames see Community Guidelines.
  11. In 'Password' type your preferred password. It must be at least six characters long.
  12. In 'Password Confirmation' type your preferred password again. This ensures that you have not mistyped the password.
  13. Click Finish.

You are now logged in with your new your account.

Modify your user account

  1. Log in to your user account. To learn more see Log In and Log Out.
  2. On the right side of the screen is the Hello panel. It shows your details, as they appear in your library membership account. To modify these details, click 'Edit' in the relevant panel.
  3. Modify the details as required. You may not modify all details in your account.
  4. Click 'Save' to save the changes, or click 'Cancel' to cancel the changes.

Change your password

You should change your password regularly, to ensure its security. You should change your password if you believe it has become known to someone else.

  1. Log in to your user account. To learn more see Log In and Log Out.
  2. On the right side of the screen in the Change Nickname panel.
  3. Click 'Change password'.
  4. In 'Enter password' type your new password.
  5. In 'Enter Re-enter password' type your new password again.
  6. Click 'Change Password' to save the changes.

Change your nickname

Nicknames provide a way to identify yourself uniquely within Arena. They provide some degree of anonymity, and help to distinguish beyween users with the same or similar names.

  1. Log in to your user account. To learn more see Log In and Log Out.
  2. On the right side of the screen in the Change Nickname panel.
  3. In 'Enter Nickname' type your new nickname. You may not use a nickname that another Arena user is already using. For tips and rules nicknames see Community Guidelines.
  4. In 'Enter Re-enter nickname' type your new nickname again.
  5. Click 'Change Nickname' to save the changes.

Close your user account

Contact your library for advice about closing your account.

My Profile

You may view and edit details of your Arena account by using the My Profile feature. Your Arena account includes your contact details, user ID and password, and details of credits and debts, selections, ratings, reviews, messages, and tags. See also Account profile.

  1. Log in to your user account. To learn more see Log In and Log Out.
  2. Click My profile in the Log in panel. Your account profile will appear in the central panel.
  3. Click Edit in the required panel to edit your profile. You may edit in both panels at the same time, if you wish.
  4. Edit your profile as required.
  5. Click Save to save the changes, or click Cancel to cancel the changes.
  • You cannot change your passworde or nickname in My Profile. To learn how to change these settings see Change your nickname and Change your password above.
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