Tacoma Public Library rolls out new catalog/circulation system Oct. 24

The Tacoma Public Library announced Monday it will roll out its new catalog and circulation system later this month.

According to library officials, the new system allows visitors to find books, movies, articles and more with one search; easily access downloadable AudioBooks and eBooks; refine searches to find exactly what visitors want; search what is currently on the shelf; and place a hold on an item that is currently checked out or on order. It also allows parents to view reading levels for the books their kids read. The new system also allows online library users to find out when items are due back and renew on-line; save reading histories; create lists of titles for research or future reading or listening; sign up for SMS (text) alerts on mobile devices; and make a recommendation that the library purchase an item. Eventually, library patrons will be able to pay library fines online.

Library staff began training on the new catalog and circulation system last month. The main library downtown will be closed on Mon., Oct. 22 and Tues,, Oct. 23 to allow staff to train on the new system. All libraries will be closed on Tues., October 23 as the switch is made from the old catalog to the new catalog. The new system will be implemented on Weds., Oct. 24.

Library officials will host free classes to introduce patrons to the new library catalog and circulation system. Attendees will explore the new catalog and find out if the library has purchased the works of a favorite author, a recent movie, or a popular compact disc. The classes also cover the basic skills needed to use the catalog either from home or in your local library. The classes will be held in the computer classroom at the main library downtown, located at 1102 Tacoma Avenue South, on Weds., Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.; and Tues., Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. Advance registration required. You can register online at tpl.lib.wa.us or by calling (253) 292-2001.

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