Bookshelf for Mac and Windows: Library Updates

Bookshelf for Mac and Windows Library is getting a new look! 

VitalSource is excited to announce improvements to the Library for Bookshelf for macOS and Windows.  These changes will help to streamline the way you interact with your content while on the go.  As a platform dedicated to student-centric learning, we strive to continually improve Bookshelf to assist students in their comprehension of course materials. 

What’s New?

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For ease of use, we have the most recent title now more prominently displayed. Previously, this would have been the first book in your bookshelf, but it wasn’t explicitly called out. We added this feature to help our users easily jump back into their reading without any distractions. We provide more information below on the info and search icons next to the book.

Your book card has a lot more information than you’d think.


We have been adding more and more information to the book card over the years, and as a result, we ran out of space on the card.

Now, we have a new book hover that allows you to find out more information about your title quickly. 

  • Tap the “i” icon to find out book details including ISBN, citation information, and badges for notes, highlights, and flashcards.
  • Click the search icon to do a content search within the title.
  • Note: Access to eResources is available in Bookshelf Online only. 

Swimlanes of Content


Placing all books into swimlanes helps declutter the library; allowing for the most recent books to be prominently featured while setting those older unused titles easily out of sight, but always available. To see some of your older titles, use the arrows, or scrubber bar to quickly page through your library. Can’t find a specific title? Remember you can always use Bookshelf's built-in Search. 

Sorting and filtering simplified


Previously, your library had numerous filters in various places causing clutter and confusion. We condensed these for ease of use.

Search & Filter bar     

Drill into your content results by the book or use the swimlane at the top of the panel to browse results by title. From the panel, the functionality has not changed. You can click on the corresponding sentence and navigate to that location in the book.


We removed the filter bar and combined it with the library search. There is no reason to have two search bars when one can do the trick. The new search bar has a type-ahead feature to improve the ease of finding the correct title or author. For content search click ‘View All Results’, or hit ‘Enter’ on your keyboard, and you will have results with both title and content results for ease of use.


Explore any content result card and see content results in a panel. From the panel, the functionality has not changed. You can click on the corresponding sentence and go to the location in the book.


Filter settings and Collections


For those with a lot of books in their account, having to use two different menus to filter items was challenging.  We updated and moved these features into your My Books screen. Click on My Books at the top of your swimlane to view your collections.


You will now have filters at the top of your screen that you can click on, as well as a grid view of all your books. Should you prefer to scroll through in a list view over the new swimlane design, you can easily do that here.  Collections are now prominently featured in a swimlane across the top.