Updated for Logos 8+

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
    Click on the Library icon in the main toolbar. A large drop down showing your Library will appear.
    This allows you to use the Library without opening a window.
    When you have finished, just click outside the Library drop down and it will close.
  • Opening using Drag & Drop
    In the main toolbar, click on the Library icon and drag it to the new location, which can be a new tile or a new panel (tab).
  • Opening using the right click method
    In the main toolbar, right click on the Library icon.
    • Open will open the Library in a new Tab (below).
    • 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 and Drop.
    • 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

(Logos 8 and newer)

(Logos 7)

  1. Find box:
    • You use this to select which resources to list in the Library window.
  2. View method:
    1. Details
    2. Tile
      • This shows your resources in a vertical tile, with selected metadata.

    3. Cover
      • This shows resources by their cover image

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

    For multiple resources, you can change Ratings, User Tags, and Series.

  4. Sidebar (Logos 8+): Use this to open/close a sidebar with faceted browsing of your resources.

  5. Prioritize: this opens/closes a pane on the right side of your library window. This is available from the Menu in Logos 8+.

    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. This is available from the Sidebar in Logos 8+.
    See Using your Collections to filter resources for more details.
  • Menu: This is the Panel Menu

How many books are in my Library?

  • Logos 8:
    • The number of resources appears below the toolbar, when the Library is not being filtered.
    • If you chose a smaller/minimal number of resources during installation of Logos 8.4+, the Devices facet will tell you how many resources are “Not on This Device” and how many are on “This Device”.
    • If you have resources listed as “Not on This Device”, they can be downloaded as follows:
      • click Not on This Device
      • select the required resources e.g. via Shift+click
      • Right-click and select Download
    • If you want to remove some resources (as opposed to hiding them):
      • click This Device
      • select the required resources
      • Right-click and select Remove from this device
      • They will be physically removed, but listed as “Not on This Device”.
    • Outside Library, Logos only works with resources that are on your device.
  • Logos 7:
    • The number of resources appears in the Find box when the Library is not being filtered.
    • On Mac, click the Library icon for pop-up (Find may not appear in the Find box), the number to the right of the Find box is the number of resources in your library.

Opening a resource from the Library window

  • Locate the resource in the Library window that you want to open.
  • Click on the Title and it will open in a new tab.
    You can click its Image in other Views.
  • Right click on the Title if you want to control how the resource is opened:
    • click on Open in a floating window if that is what you want.
  • If the resource opens as a preview, then it is not on your device. If required, it can be downloaded by clicking on the Download now button.
    • This can be avoided if you filter Library by clicking This Device (under Devices).

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.


When shown, this column indicates how closely any found resources match a filter query.
It works best when filtering for Title or Author, so the rank from a Type filter will be somewhat arbitrary.


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

 Reading Status

Full green circle = Finished, else green/grey indicates percentage Read


the resource’s type e.g. Bible, Monograph, Encyclopedia


the resource’s Title, which you can change using the Information pane


the resource’s Author

 My Tags

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

 Community Tags

tags assigned by other users.
Requires Show Community Tags in Program Settings


a user star rating (integer 1 to 5), or community rating if no user rating; see Ratings.
The latter requires Show Community Ratings in Program Settings.

 Abbreviated Title

an Abbreviated or Short title, which you can set/change using the Information pane

 Alternate Title

an alternative title (not used consistently)


usually the language in which a resource is written
e.g. where a Greek Lexicon is written in English, “Greek” will be part of its Subjects.

Publication Date

the date the electronic version was Published

 Publication Date

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


the Publisher of a resource


the series or collection of which the resource is a part e.g. Tyndale Commentaries, Pulpit Commentary.
You can set/change this using the Information pane.


shows whether the license is Permanent or Temporary


one or more Library catalog subjects

 Last Updated

the date a resource was last updated in your Library (defaults to when it was added/installed).
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:
eBook (Vyrso), Logos (Faithlife), or User Created (Personal Book).

 Last Accessed

shows when the resource was last accessed.

 Most Used

Ranks books by usage; where 1 = most used

  • 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 can drag the column to a new location.
    3. You can resize a column by grabbing the vertical bar on the column and dragging it.

Sorting and Grouping resources

  • Column headers can be used to sort or group Library content in the Details view. By default, the Library opens sorted by Title.
  • Clicking a column header will either sort or group the content.
    A further click will reverse the sort order (groups included), as indicated by the small arrow in the column header.
    If content is grouped, another click will collapse the group.
  • You can sort on multiple columns:
    • click on a column header
    • shift-click another header to create an additional level of sorted content
    • shift-click again to change the sort order.
    • a further shift-click will remove the sort level.
  • Library columns for Title, Abbreviated Title, Alternate Title, Last Accessed, Last Updated, Publishing Date, Electronic Publishing Date, Rating, and Most Used are sorted.
    The column for cover Image is sorted by Title.
  • Library columns for Type, Author, Tags, My Tags, Languages, Publisher, Series, Subjects, Edition, Licenses, Devices, and Reading Status are grouped by content.

    • These resources are grouped by Series
    • Click on a group header to show which resources are in that Series e.g. Bible Study Magazine
      Click on the group header to collapse it.
    • The double hyphen symbol (—) at the top represents resources that are not part of a Series. This is useful when you group My Tags, as it lets you see resource which you have not tagged.
  • Example - sort on multiple columns

    • click on Type column
    • click on Bible group header
    • shift-click on Reading Status (first unnamed column)
    • click on Reading group header
    • shift-click on Languages column
    • click on English group header
    • shift-click on Series column
    • click on a Series group header e.g. “The King James Version with Apocrypha”

Filtering resources in your Library

Using the Sidebar to filter resources

The sidebar utilizes faceted browsing to filter the resources in your Library.
Some of the columns available in Details view cannot be filtered here, but they can be filtered from the Find box.

Note: you will usually want to know about the resources that are on your computer, so you should first filter by Devices > “This Device” if you have anything listed for Devices > “Not on This Device”.


Faceted browsing has the advantage that you only need to select the details you want to filter. For example, click Subject and select Jesus Christ (above).
To achieve that result in the Find box, you would have to type Subject:”Jesus Christ”. However, the facet result is more accurate because it looks for “Jesus Christ” as a single expression, whereas the Find filter will include “Jesus Christ” within the expression “Church of Jesus Christ of...”.

To refine the filter, select Divinity, or an attribute of Type (for example).
To remove a filter, click its x in the row above the Sidebar.
To remove all filters, click All in that row.

Using your Collections to filter resources

  • Logos 8: Click on Collection in the Sidebar, and select a collection.
    The results reflect resources that are on your device, and a collection will not be listed unless this is true.
  • Logos 7: 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; whether on your device or not.

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.
    • for an exact match put a single word into quotation marks e.g. “sin” versus sin; where the latter will match sinner, single ...
  • 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:
    • dictionary
      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 they have data somewhere that is 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).

      Try clicking on different columns in the Heading row and notice how Logos rearranges your list.

    • Eric?son
      This is useful if you can’t recall whether Erickson was spelt with “c” or “ck”.

Search Fields that you can use in the Find box

Search fields are extremely useful when you want to see a list of resources without ambiguity.
The table below shows you the Search fields which you can use in the Find box of your Library window. Most of them are associated with the column headers in Details view:

  • A Description in italics is not directly associated with a column.
  • Search Field is the name that you can enter in the Find box (or the Rule box of a Collection).
  • Extension Syntax is the syntax you can use for an exact match on some fields.

Description Search Field Extension Syntax Comment
Reading Status {ReadingStatus} Unread, New, Reading, or Finished e.g. {ReadingStatus New}
Type type: e.g. type:"bible commentary", type:bible-commentary
Title title:
Author author: {Author} e.g. author:"don harris", {Author "Harris, Don"}
My Tags mytag: {MyTag} e.g. mytag:creation, {MyTag "Creation"}
Community Tags communitytag: {CommunityTag} requires Show Community Tags in Program Settings
Combined Tags tag: same as mytag: unless Show Community Tags is set
Rating myrating: user Rating (integer 1 to 5). Use 0 for unrated.
Community Rating communityrating: requires Show Community Ratings in Program Settings (decimal value)
General Rating rating: Same as myrating:, but it will reflect communityrating: if the book is unrated by the user.
Abbreviated Title abbrev:
Alternate Title alttitle:
Languages lang: e.g. lang:English, lang:German
Electronic Publication Date epubdate: e.g. epubdate:2017, epubdate:<2017
Publication Date pubdate: e.g. pubdate:2017, pubdate:>2017
Publisher publisher: {Publisher}
Series series: {Series}
License license: Permanent or Temporary
Subjects subject: {SubjectGroup} {SubjectGroup} is more precise, but formatting can be difficult —> see Examples below
Last Updated updateddate: {UpdatedDate} See this forum post e.g. updateddate:<greater Jan 1, 2018>
{UpdatedDate} uses year, month, or day relative values e.g. {UpdatedDate 2m} —> within 2 months of current date
Date Added addeddate: {AddedDate} Same format as Last Updated e.g. addeddate:<less Oct 29, 2018>,
{AddedDate 6d} —> within 6 days of current date
Devices device: {Devices} e.g. device:"Galaxy A5", {Devices "Galaxy A5"}.
{Devices} is more accurate
Edition edition: ebook, Logos, or "User Created" e.g. edition:user
Collection {Collection} e.g. {Collection "Greek Bibles – TR"}
  1. When using SearchField: syntax
    • make sure there are no spaces between the field name and the colon.
    • when you enter the text to search for, make sure that there is no space after the colon e.g. title:dictionary   author:henry
    • enclose multiple search words in quotes, or separate them with a hyphen (with no spaces after the colon) e.g. title:"biblical languages" or title:biblical-languages
    • Quotes imposes an exact match on words:
      • title:"matthew henry" will not find “Matthew Henry’s” commentary.
        Use title:"matthew henry’s" or title:matthew-henry instead.
    • You can use partial words and/or wildcards as a convenience, or when your quoted words are not found. For example:
      • title:matt title:henry
      • title:"matthew henry*"

    • Examples:
      • title:"holman bible"
        In the Library window, you will see only the books with “Holman Bible” in the title.
        “Holman Concise Bible Commentary” will be not be included, because Concise splits the words in our search term.
      • title:holman title:bible
        This will include “Holman Concise Bible Commentary”, because both words are in the title.
      • publisher:nelson title:king
        Adding title:king restricts the books published by Thomas Nelson to those with king in the Title (full and partial words).
      • pubdate:>=2010
        This will find all resources published in 2010 or after.
      • subject:Bible.O.T.Psalms or subject:"Bible. O.T. Psalms"
        They give the same result, but will include values like Psalms 1-72
      • author:"Harris, Don" or author:"don harris"
        They give the same result, whilst author:harris is not sufficiently unique.
      • addeddate:<Oct 2018>
        This will find all resources that were added to your machine in October, 2018
        This is distinct from updateddate:<Oct 2018>, as these resources may have been added to your machine in October or earlier.

  2. When using {SearchField} syntax
    • Note that this syntax is primarily intended for use in Collections, because it is much more efficient for repeated use.
    • The field name should be followed by a space, and then a value that must be enclosed in double straight quotes e.g. {Publisher "Crossway"}
    • The value entered must be an exact match (including punctuation) for the desired value.
      For that reason, it is advisable to copy values where possible.
    • If a value contains double straight quotes, they must be escaped with extra double quotes e.g. Definite "Value" ==> "Definite ""Value"""
    • Multiple values can be supplied by separating them with a comma (,) e.g. {Publisher "Crossway", "Lexham Press"}
    • You can use None or Any with a field e.g. {MyTag None}, {Series Any}
    • Wildcards are not supported.

    • Examples:
      • {Series "Barnes’ Notes on the Old and New Testaments", "Wiersbe’s “Be” Series"}
        It is best to copy these Series values.
        Barnes has a closing curly single quote
        Be has curly quotes, so it doesn’t need to be escaped.
      • {SubjectGroup "Bible O.T.—Psalms"}
        Note how this is derived from the value Bible. O.T. Psalms you see in Library.
        Being more precise, values like Psalms 1-72 are excluded.
      • {Author "Barnes, Albert"}
        It has to use the value you see in the Author column as "Barnes Albert" will not work.
      • {AddedDate 1y}
        This will find resources added within 1 year of the current date.

Using Operators in the Find box

  • You can use boolean operators like AND, OR, ANDNOT to retrieve resources.
  • Operators are written in CAPS while the search expressions and fields are not case-sensitive
  • AND may be written as the space character, whilst OR may be shortened by using the comma
  • Negation (exclusion of results) is effected by ANDNOT, or use of the minus sign directly in front of the search expression.
  • Parentheses ( ) is often necessary if you are mixing operators in your search expression.
    • in this case, do not use characters for operators.
  • The comma operator can be used inside phrases.

  • Examples
    • Barnes OR Roberts or Barnes, Roberts
      • either expression will find books authored by Barnes or Roberts; but
      • author:barnes, author:”roberts” is more precise, and will eliminate “Robertson” as an author; whilst
      • author:(barnes, “roberts”) is more concise.
    • type:bible-commentary ANDNOT author:Barnes or type:bible-commentary -author:Barnes
      • either expression will exclude bible commentaries authored by Barnes; whilst
      • * -author:Barnes will exclude all Barnes’ resources in your Library.
    • mytag:didache AND lang:greek or mytag:didache lang:greek
      • either expression will find the Greek books that you tagged with “Didache”, as opposed to the English language ones.
      • This tag can be applied to many “Apostolic Fathers” resources e.g. Lightfoot’s, Lake’s, ANF7.
    • title:"Commentary on the (old,new) testament"
      • this expression is equivalent to title:("Commentary on the old testament", "Commentary on the new testament").

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 recently installed.

  1. Make sure you are in Details view.
  2. If not visible, right click on the heading row and click on Last Updated in the drop down menu.
  3. [Optional] Drag the newly visible column to a more convenient location.
  4. Click on Last Updated to sort your library.
  5. The Last Updated sidebar filter will show which resources were updated over a given period of days
  6. The Added sidebar filter will show which resources were installed over a given period of days,
    • you can refine this by using e.g. {AddedDate 3d}, or AddedDate:<July 19, 2019>

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