Changes are in store for li­brary sys­tem

Sunday Star - - LOCAL -

— There will be a num­ber of changes tak­ing place in the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary sys­tem this month.

All pub­lic li­braries on the East­ern Shore are join­ing to­gether to cre­ate a Shore-wide cat­a­log, and there will be dis­rup­tions tak­ing place:

• Both county li­braries in Cen­tre­ville and on Kent Is­land will be closed Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, Aug. 8 and 9, for staff train­ing.

• No holds for items will be taken through Aug. 17. There will be no ac­cess to the in­ter­li­brary loan sys­tem from through Aug. 23.

• Start­ing Aug. 9, you will not be able to ac­cess your ac­count on­line.

• Dur­ing the week of Aug. 11 to 16, the li­brary only can check out items, and pa­trons will need their li­brary card to check out. There will be no check-ins or holds placed, and the li­brary will not have ac­cess to pa­tron records.

• Both branches will open at 1 p.m. on “Go Live Day,” Aug. 17.

Here is how the changes will af­fect all pa­trons:

• Pa­trons must save their read­ing his­to­ries and lists by Aug. 9. Af­ter that date, all read­ing his­to­ries and lists will be deleted due to the tran­si­tion. Li­brary staff can as­sist with this.

• No li­brary items will be due be­tween Aug. 8 and 21. The li­brary asks that pa­trons not re­turn items dur­ing this time.

• In the new sys­tem, your de­fault PIN will be the last four dig­its of your pri­mary phone num­ber.

Here are a few of the ben­e­fits from this new sys­tem:

• Eas­ier and more ef­fi­cient Shore-wide search for ma­te­ri­als.

• Eas­ier ac­cess to 2.1 mil­lion items.

• Faster de­liv­ery of reser ved ma­te­ri­als.

• A new auto-re­newal fea­ture to help avoid fines.

• Fu­ture self-check sta­tions.

• Cost sav­ings for the county li­braries.

• Dig­i­tal li­brary items (ebooks, down­load­able music and movies) in­te­grated into the li­brary cat­a­log.

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