NOTE: Re-organized and Updated for Logos 6+

This wiki article describes the features of your Library, how to organize it and how to find resources.

Page Contents

Library and Resources

Opening the Library window

  • There are several methods that you can use to open the Library window.

Opening as a Drop Down from the menu bar

  1. Click on the Library icon in the top menu. A large drop down showing your library will appear. This allows you to use the library without opening a window. When you are done with your library, just click outside the library drop down and it will close.

Opening using Drag & Drop

  1. You can use this method to open Library in a tile or a new panel (tab)

  2. In the top menu, click on the Library icon (don’t release the mouse button)
    1. Drag the library icon to the new location (an orange vertical bar will indicate this) drop it i.e. release the mouse button.

    2. Now you will see the Library panel where you dropped it.

Opening using the right click method

  1. In the top menu, right click on the Library icon.
  2. A drop down menu will appear.
    1. Open will open the Library in a new Tab (below).
    2. Open in a new tab will open the Library window as a new Tab. Logos will place the tab where it thinks best. After opening you might want to move the tab to a better location using Drag & Drop)
    3. Open in a floating window will open the Library window in a floating window. This can also be accomplished by the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+L.

The Library’s toolbar

Library Tab has interface toolbar:

(Logos 5 and newer)

Logos 5 added Filter (6) for All Resources OR a Collection. Logos 5.2a widened Find (1)

(Logos 4)

  1. Find box:
    1. You use this to select which resources to list in the Library window.
    2. Notice the number on the right side of the box (when the Find box is empty). This is the number of resources in your library (see How many books are in my Library?).

  2. View method:
    1. Details
      • This shows you resources with detailed information shown in columns.

      1. Heading column, located directly under the toolbar.
      2. Different columns. You can select which columns to show here as well as rearrange them.
        (see Available Columns in the detailed view and Rearranging Columns in the detailed view)

    2. Tile/List
      • This shows you your resources in a vertical list with the following information for each resource in the list.

      1. Resource’s image (book cover)
      2. Resource’s Title
      3. Resource’s Author
      4. Resource’s Rating (see Ratings)
      5. Resource’s Tagging (see Tagging)

    3. Cover
      • This shows resources by their cover image (Logos 6+)

  3. Information mode: this opens a pane on the right side of your library window. Click again to hide the information pane.

    You can view or change Ratings and User Tags in your Library.

  4. Browse (Logos 4). Use this to view or browse in your Library after opening the Information or Prioritize panes.

  5. Prioritize mode: this opens a pane on the right side of your library window. Click again to hide the pane.

    You can view or change the prioritization of resources in your library.

  6. Library Filter. Filter your Library by selecting from Collections, Tags and Ratings, etc. See Using your Collections to filter resources for more details.

How many books are in my Library?

  • In the Find box at the top of your Library window, you will see a number (when the Find box is empty). This is the number of resources in your library. This will vary from user to user as each user may have a different base package and they may have bought other books.


  • On Mac, click Library icon for pop-up (Find may not appear in Find box), the number to the right of the Find box is the number of resources in your library.

  • Note that the number of resources displayed will change when you filter Library by either of the methods mentioned above.

Opening a resource from the Library window

  1. Locate the resource in the Library window that you want to Open.
  2. Click on the Title or the Resource Image. Logos will open that resource in you main window.

  3. Or if you want to control how the resource is opened, right click on the Title:
    1. In the pop-up menu, click on the method of how you want your resourced opened.

Organizing your Library window

Available Columns in the detailed view

  • There are several items which you can select to be shown as columns in the Heading row (outlined below).

    This section will briefly describe each available Heading column.


 the resource’s cover image (shown at far left)


 the resource’s type which is set by Logos


 the resource’s Title


 the resource’s Author

 My Tags

 tag(s) that you set for the resource, see Tagging


 the star Rating that you set for the resource, see Ratings

 Abbreviated Title

 an Abbreviated title which you can set using the Info panel

 Alternate Title

 an Alternate title that Logos sets


(Logos 5+) a merge of My tags & Community tags

 Community Tags

(Logos 5+) tags assigned by other users

Publication Date

 the date the electronic version was Published


 language of a resource

 Publication Date

 publication date of the paper resource from which this version was made


 the Publisher of a resource


 the series to which a resource belongs
e.g. a volume belonging to a commentary series


 library catalog subjects which Logos has assigned

 Last Updated

shows the date resources were updated. Sort this to see recently updated books.


shows the mobile devices (if any) on which the resource has been downloaded.


shows who created the resource:
whether eBook (Vyrso), Logos (Logos), or User Created (Personal Books).


shows whether the license is Permanent or Temporary

  • To change which columns appear or do not appear on the Heading row:

    1. Right click in a column on the Heading row.
      In the drop down list click to check or uncheck a column item.
      You can hide the resource’s cover image by unchecking Image in the drop down list.
    2. You may have more columns than show on the Heading row, don’t forget to use the scroll bar to reposition the Library window so that you can view these columns.
    3. You can resize a column by grabbing the vertical bar on the column and dragging it.

Rearranging Columns in the detailed view

  • You can rearrange columns on the Heading row to suit your needs.


  1. Click on the Column that you want to move, keep the mouse button down.

    1. Drag the Column...

    2. When you get the Column where you want it, drop it (release the mouse button).

    3. Now you will see the Column where you dropped it.

  • You can even move the resource cover image column.

Sorting and Grouping resources

  • Columns can be used to sort or group resources in your Library in the Details view. By default, the Library opens sorted by Title.
  • Clicking a column header will either sort or group currently shown Library content in alphabetical (ascending) order.
  • Clicking header again will reverse sort order of resources or group names, as indicated by the small arrow in the column header. Group expansion is remembered with sort order so changing group sort order can change which group(s) are expanded/collapsed.
  • Shift-clicking a column header provides further sorting:
    • Add Sort Level in Ascending order
    • Change Sort Level to Descending order
    • Remove Sort Level
  • Library columns for titles (Title, Abbreviated Title and Alternate Title), dates (Last Accessed, Last Updated, Publishing Date, Electronic Publishing Date), Rating, and Most Used sort column content. Unnamed column for cover image sorts by Title.

  • Library columns for Type, Author, Tags, MyTags, Languages, Publisher, Series, Subjects, Edition, Licenses, Devices, and Reading will group your resources. The groups are alphabetically sorted and may be expanded or collapsed. Reading is an unnamed column with rings showing resource reading progress.

    1. Click on the Type Column in the Heading row.
      (if Type column is not showing, see Available Columns in the detailed view and enable it. Or use the horizontal scroll bar to reposition the window so you can see the Type column).
    2. If you click on one or more of these compacted row(s), Logos will expand that row to show which resources are found for that Type. To re-compact an expanded row heading, simply click on the row heading again.
    3. This is the result of clicking on Bible Notes.

    4. Under some Columns you might find this double hyphened symbol. It represents resources that were not associated with any of the fields in that Column. If you click on it, it will expand to show you those resources. This is useful when you are filtering with the My Tags column, it lets you see resource which you have not tagged.

  • Logos 7 screen shot shows Library sorted by 4 levels:
    • Type (click)
    • Reading (shift click)
    • Languages (shift click)
    • Series (shift click)

Filtering resources in your Library

Using your Collections to filter resources

  • Click on the Library Filter drop down in the toolbar and select a collection. Your Library list will now reflect that collection:

    It can be further filtered from the Find box (below).

Using the Find box to filter resources

  • The Find box can help you find resources in your Library.

Entering text in the Find box

  • First, it is advisable to be in Details view and sort your Library by Title. Whilst filtering is not affected by view or sorting (nor by hidden columns) it is best to have all your columns visible.
  • When not using Search fields (below), Logos looks for your text in the Title, Subject and all other fields. This method can be quicker than using Search fields but you will have to manually scan the columns to understand the results.
  • Logos finds results even if the search text is just a part of an actual word.
  • You may search for strings (words in “quotation marks”) to get better results.
  • The wildcard * stands for any number of characters (including zero)
    • Just searching for * will list your whole library, which is helpful in constructing “All but...” exclusion-searches.
  • The wildcard ? stands for zero or one character
  • Using parentheses ( ) gives you control over how Logos understands your search text.
  • Examples:
    • Example 1: In the Find box type: dictionary

      1. Notice the number in the right side of the Find box. This is the number of resources that Logos found matching dictionary.
      2. Now look at the list of resources in the Library window. You should see several resources with “dictionary” in their Title. But you will also see other resources which you would not consider as dictionaries because Logos has them marked somewhere that they may be related to a dictionary. In the next section you will learn how to use Search fields to limit your text to a specific field (column).
      3. Also notice in the blue circle with the x , you can click this to quickly clear the contents of the Find box. When the Find box is empty, Logos will show all your resources again.
      4. Now click on Rank on the left side of the Heading row.

        1. You may need to move the vertical scroll bar to the top.
        2. Notice that Logos has arranged your list (relative to dictionary) by rank.
      5. Try clicking on different columns in the Heading row and notice how Logos rearranges your list.

    • Example 2: In the Find box type: henry

      • Notice that you see several resources which have authors who have henry in their name.
      • If you look through the list you probably will also see the Matthew Henry Commentary!

    • Example 3: In the Find box type: kjv

      • You can also use common abbreviations for Bibles, Commentaries and other books.

    • Example 4: In the Find box you type: every christian “should know”

      • Note that “every” and “christian” can occur in any order whilst the phrase “should know” restricts the order (and proximity) of the words.
      • You can put one word into quotation marks to ask for an exact match e.g. searching for “sin” versus sin (the latter matching sinner, single.....)

    • Example 5: In the Find box type: Eric?son systematic

      • This is useful if you can’t recall whether Erickson was spelled with “c” or “ck”

Search Fields that you can use in the Find box

The table below shows you the search fields which you can use in the Find box of your Library window. These are basically column names found in the Library heading bar. This is extremely useful when you want to see a list of resources without ambiguity.

  • In the table below:
    • On the left are column names found in the Heading row at the top of your Library window.
      (you may not have all of these set to be visible. see Available Columns in the detailed view)
    • On the right is the Search Field that you would enter in the Find box for that field.
Column Heading Search Field Comment
Image Not Usable
Type type:
Title title:
Author author:
My Tags mytag:
Rating myrating: User Rating
(Community Rating) rating: same as myrating: if not “set” in Program Settings
Abbreviated Title abbrev:
Alternate Title alttitle:
Tags tag: same as mytag: unless Community Tags are “set” in Program Settings
Community Tags communitytag: must be “set” in Program Settings
Electronic Publication Date epubdate:
Languages lang:
Publication Date pubdate:
Publisher publisher:
Series series:
Subjects subject:
Last Updated updateddate: see this forum post
Devices device:
Edition edition: ebook, Logos, “User Created”
License license: Permanent, Temporary
  • When using a Search Field:
    • Syntax: <Search Field><colon><text you want found in this field>
      • type the field found on the right side of the table below.
      • make sure that you do not have a space between the field and the colon.
      • make sure that when you enter text for searching in that field, that there is no space between the colon and your text e.g. title:dictionary   author:henry
      • if in your text you are using multiple words, then enclose them in quotes. Again with no spaces between the colon and the quotes e.g. title: “biblical languages”
      • When using quotes with multiple words:
        • title:”matthew henry” finds Matthew Henry’s commentary, because these 2 words appear together in the title.
        • When using partial words or when the exact quoted words are not found, you can use: title:matt   title:commen
  • Examples:
    [Resource count will vary depending on the content of your Library]

    • Example 1: In the Find box type: title:holman

      • Notice in the Library window that you see all books which have Holman in the title.

    • Example 2: In the Find box type: title:”holman bible”

      • Notice in the Library window that you see only the books with Holman Bible in the title.
      • Notice that the Holman Concise Bible Commentary is missing. This is because the word Concise is missing in the words that we quoted in our search.

    • Example 3: In the Find box type: title:holman title:comm

      • Notice that only one book matched having the 2 words Holman and Comm in the title.
      • When you want to find words in titles using multiple words, then enter separate search fields for each word as shown in this example.

    • Example 4: In the Find box type: publisher:nelson

      • This example shows you a field called Publisher.
      • Now in the Find box type: publisher:nelson title:king

        • Notice that adding the 2nd search parameter title:king limited the number of books published by Thomas Nelson.

    • Example 5: In the Find box type: pubdate:>=2010

      • This will find all resources published in 2010 or after.

Using Operators in the Find box

  • The library supports the use of operators such as AND, OR, ANDNOT to retrieve your resources.
  • Operators are written in ALLCAPS while the search expressions and fields are not case-sensitive
  • AND may be written simply as space character, OR may be shortened to using the comma
  • Negation (exclusion of results) works with ANDNOT or simply the minus sign directly in front of the search expression.
  • Parentheses ( ) is often necessary if you are mixing operators in your search expression.

  • Examples
    • Example 1: In the Find box type: Grudem OR Erickson

      • Note two resources are found, a systematic theology by Erickson and a commentary by Grudem

    • Example 2: In the Find box type: (Grudem OR Erickson) AND systematic

      • Note that we search for resources which have “systematic” in any field plus either Grudem or Erickson in this or another field.
      • Note that AND typically is stronger than OR, thus Grudem OR Erickson AND systematic is understood as Grudem OR (Erickson AND systematic) and searches for resources that either have Grudem in any field or that have Erickson as well as systematic in their fields. It helps using parentheses!

    • Example 3: In the Find box type: lightfoot ANDNOT holmes (somewhat artificial)

      • Note that lightfoot -holmes yields the same results.
      • This may not be as precise as you wanted, so a better expression could be author:lightfoot -holmes
      • Note a technical restriction: the negation may not stand alone. If you just want to exclude resources, put * into the search string – thus e.g. in the Find box type: * -Perseus to exclude all Perseus resources.

    • Example 4: In the Find box type: didache lang:greek (or didache AND lang:greek )

      • Note that the text “didache” is not contained in either of the Logos-supplied fields (not even in the resource description), but is found in the user-managed mytags for this resource (see Tagging for more info).
      • Note that the (not selected) parallel English language resource as well as the Greek language resource have “Greek” and “English” in their resource description, thus didache AND Greek finds two and didache ANDNOT English finds no resource, so the fields come into play.

Other info

Hiding books in your Library

  • When you hide books, Logos removes them from your hard disk and they will not show in your Library or your Search results. Even though they are no longer on your hard disk, you still own them and can restore them when you want.
  • See Hiding Books for details.

How to identify newly updated resources

  You can use the column Last Updated to find out which resources have been updated or newly downloaded.


  1. If columns are not showing across the top of your Library, click on View.
  2. Right click on the column row. Logos will show a drop down menu.
  3. In the drop down menu, click on Last Updated to have it checked.

  4. [Optional] With you mouse grab and drag the newly visible column Last Updated to a location easily visible. Then drop it in that location.

  5. Click on the column Last Updated, Logos will sort your library by the Last Updated date.
  6. You will probably need to use your mouse to move the scroll bar to the top.
  7. Notice the resource and the Last Updated date, which shows when the resource was updated or installed on your machine.

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