Changes are in store for library system
— 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.