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

(Logos 5 and newer)

Logos 5 added a Filter (6) for All Resources or a Collection.

(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)

 Reading Status

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


 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


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

 Abbreviated Title

 an Abbreviated title which you can set using the Info panel

 Alternate Title

 an Alternate title that Logos sets

 Community Tags

(Logos 5+) tags assigned by other users
Requires Show Community Tags in Program Settings

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


shows whether the license is Permanent or Temporary


 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:
eBook (Vyrso), Logos (Logos), or User Created (Personal Books).

 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 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

  • 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, MyTags, Languages, Publisher, Series, Subjects, Edition, Licenses, Devices, and Reading Status are grouped by content.

    1. Click on the Type column.
      (if Type column is not showing, see Available Columns in the detailed view and enable it. Or use the horizontal scroll bar so that you can see the column.
    2. If you click on a group header, Logos will expand it to show which resources are found for that Type.
    3. This is the result of clicking on Bible Notes.
      Click on the group header to collapse it.

    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.
  • 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 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.
    • 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:
    • In the Find box enter 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.

        • You may need to move the vertical scroll bar to the top.
        • 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.

    • In the Find box enter kjv (a common abbreviation)

      • You can do this for many types of books.

    • In the Find box enter 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:
    • Column Heading is the column name at the top of your Library window.
    • Search Field is the name that you can enter in the Find box for that column.
    • Exact Match is the syntax you can use for an exact match on some fields —> Logos 7.15+
      • you can Use None or Any with these e.g. {MyTag None}, {Author Any}
Column Heading Search Field Exact Match Comment
Type type:
Title title:
Author author: {Author}
My Tags mytag: {MyTag} user Tags
Rating myrating: user Rating
(Community Rating) rating: same as myrating: unless Show Community Ratings is set in Program Settings
Abbreviated Title abbrev:
Alternate Title alttitle:
Community Tags communitytag: {CommunityTag} requires Show Community Tags in Program Settings
(Combined Tags) tag: same as mytag: unless Show Community Tags is set
Electronic Publication Date epubdate: e.g. epubdate:2017, epubdate:<2017
Languages lang:
Publication Date pubdate: e.g. pubdate:2017, pubdate:>2017
Publisher publisher: {Publisher}
Series series: {Series}
Subjects subject:
Last Updated updateddate: updateddate:<[greater|less] Jan 1, 2018> – see this forum post
Devices device:
Edition edition: ebook, Logos, or “User Created”
License license: Permanent or Temporary
  • 1. When using syntax <Search Field>colon
    • 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:
    [Resource count will vary depending on the content of your Library]

    • In the Find box enter 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.

    • In the Find box enter title:holman title:comm

      • Notice that only one book matched having the 2 words Holman and Comm in the title.

    • In the Find box enter 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).

    • In the Find box enter pubdate:>=2010
      • This will find all resources published in 2010 or after.
  • 2. When using syntax {Search Field} —> Logos 7.15+
    • This syntax is primarily intended for use in Collections (not Library).
    • Each search term must be enclosed in double straight quotes and the term must be an exact match (including punctuation) for the desired value.
      • you can copy some values from Resource Information.
    • If a term contains double straight quotes, they must be escaped with extra double quotes e.g. "Definitive" ==> ""Definitive""
    • Wildcards are not supported.
  • Examples:
    • In the Find box enter {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.

    • In the Find box enter {Author "Barnes, Albert"}
      • it has to be the value you see in the Author column
      • "Barnes Albert" will not work

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 CAPS while the search expressions and fields are not case-sensitive
  • AND may be written as the space character, OR may be shortened by using the comma
  • Negation (exclusion of results) works with ANDNOT, or use 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.

  • Examples
    • In the Find box enter Barnes OR Roberts or Barnes, Roberts
      • this will find books authored by Barnes or Roberts; but
      • author:barnes, author:”roberts” is more precise, and eliminates “Robertson” as an author! However,
      • author:(barnes, “roberts”) is more concise.

    • In the Find box enter type:bible-commentary ANDNOT author:Barnes or type:bible-commentary -author:Barnes
      • To exclude all Barnes’ resources from your Library, use * -author:Barnes

    • In the Find box enter mytag:didache lang:greek or mytag:didache AND lang:greek
      • The tag “Didache” can be applied to many “Apostolic Fathers” resources e.g. Lightfoot’s, Lake’s, ANF7.
      • This will select the Greek language resources as opposed to the English language ones.

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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