1. Cookies must be ON
Check your web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.) to make sure the Cookie setting is turned to On, Enable, or Allow. You must allow cookies or else the system will not be able to tell you have logged on.
2. Turn off any "security" or "speed" options
Security software such as Norton Internet Security, and security updates to your web browser or other Internet software, may be blocking Cookies even if your web browser settings seem okay. You can try turning off any new options to see if that fixes the problem. If you need help changing the settings on your security software, please see the ProQuest tech support pages or contact the technical support for your software.
Turn off any "speed up" features in your Internet service and your web browser. These store web pages in a local "cache" to speed up your Internet browsing. Unfortunately, this means once you get an error connecting to HeritageQuest, your web browser will just show you the error again every time, instead of going to the real HeritageQuest website. Check your Tools or Preferences to make sure pages will be updated "automatically" or "every time."
If you use AOL, make sure TopSpeed is turned off before trying to connect to HeritageQuest:
If that doesn't work, we suggest trying this:
3. Refresh or return here at login - password page
If you enter your library card number and then get a page that asks for a HeritageQuest login and password, try clicking the "Refresh" or "Reload" button in your web browser.
4. Try the Newspaper Articles link
Click the Magazines, Newspapers, & More link in the menu at the left side of the page and then click the Newspaper Articles link. If you can get to Newspaper Articles, then your Cookie settings are fine.
Tip: Sometimes going to Newspaper Articles, and then back to HeritageQuest, will work. If you couldn't get to HeritageQuest, try connecting to Newspaper Articles and then going back and re-trying HeritageQuest.
5. Verify your library card hasn't expired
If your library card has expired, you will not be able to reach HeritageQuest. Please call your library to find out if your card has expired. If it has, you will need to go to the circulation desk at the library to renew your card.
6. Note which error message you are getting
If you still can't get into HeritageQuest after trying these steps, you can report the problem to us, but there are only some types of problems that we can fix.
6. Check the technical support page from HeritageQuest
The ProQuest company provides answers to frequent questions and problems with HeritageQuest on their website:
7. Go to your local branch of the library
If you can't get to HeritageQuest from home, use it from the library. All branches of the Sonoma County Library have access to HeritageQuest from the public computers.
Branch hours and locations are listed on each library's page. See the list of library branches.