On May 29th, the Library will be upgrading to a new shared online catalog and checkout system. In addition to the features you love about our current catalog, the new system will offer easier searching, more relevant results, a kids catalog, innovative account features, effortless integration with eBooks and eAudio, and a new mobile catalog.
In order to complete the upgrade, the Library will be closing early Friday, May 25 at 6:00 PM, and stay closed Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 to allow for millions of records (both patron and material) to be transferred successfully. Over the course of the Memorial Day weekend, there will be no access to patron accounts, renewals or holds.
All of your holds will transfer to the new system. After May 29th, library PINs will be restricted to six or less numbers. Any patrons who currently have a PIN that contains letters or are larger than six numbers will be assigned the last four digits of their phone numbers. When logging into your account in the new catalog, you will also have the option to create an EZ username and password.
In order to facilitate the transition, access to the MeLcat services is currently suspended. Items borrowed through MeLcat may not be renewed and must be returned. We hope to have this service restored at some point this summer, but have not received a firm date from the Michigan e-Library staff.
This will be a time of learning for our staff. From placing holds and cataloging new items, to tracking down misplaced books and paying fines, this information will change where it resides in our system, will name things differently and our staff will need to learn it all in a short period of time. We have crafted a training plan for staff and will be working diligently during the month of May. We ask for your patience as we navigate this transition and will do our best to maintain our standard of service during this time.