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New Arlington Public Library Catalog System Goes Live

by ARLnow.com February 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm 1,837 13 Comments

The Arlington Public Library system rolled out its new catalog and account system this afternoon.

The new system will allow self check-out at branch libraries, mobile access to the library’s catalog and enhanced online services for library cardholders.

The library will hold two public demonstrations of the new catalog system next week.

  • #1 Library Fan

    Soooooooo excited for the new system and for the library’s website to be back up and running. Hurrah!

  • TuesdaysChild

    It will soon achieve consciousness and turn on its makers.

  • G. Clifford Prout

    What’s a library?

  • Taxpayer

    This should help reduce the enormous waste of time that many trips to the library have turned into lately. The bigger issue is trying to get books to the libraries that are actually open on the messed up schedule they have. Wouldn’t you think it would make sense for the library that is open every day (i.e., Central) to have at least one copy of every book in the system, rather than stashing the only copy at a library that is closed one or more days per week?

    • #1 Library Fan

      The new system will show you when and where books are available and although you might not be able to get the book you want right away (it is a library after all – not Amazon.com) you can put it on hold and the library will email or now text you when it is available. And you can choose whichever library location you want to pick it up at. I think that’s a pretty great system that’s free to use except for any late fees you might have.

      • Ali

        They had that on the old system too and it works fabulously.

  • TGEoA

    I fail to see how this is any better than the old online system.

    And they STILL require you to enter your library card # to login. Why not let you use an email address or create an account name?

    • Sunny617

      Free books, free DVDs, free computers, free WiFi. An easy-to-use online system that allows you to renew and do holds (holds that they will physically transfer to the library of your choice). And yet people still complain about SOMETHING. Good grief!

      • MariaC

        +1 I know. I thought they had a fabulous system already, and now it’s even better. When I reserve a book, DVD or music CD, I receive an email that let’s me know it’s in.

      • TGEoA

        The old system did all of that already. What added benefit does this new system give us?

    • Peter

      As stated on the the Library website, alternate usernames will be available within days:

      http://arlingtonvalib.blogspot.com/2011/02/your-new-library-system-has-arrived.html

  • 4Arl

    The new system lets you pick up your self serve holds by a ID you pick instead of your name. No more snooping of what you read or watch! This by itself makes it worth it.

  • Ren

    I thought the old system was nice. I don’t think the new one will make much difference to me. Although the hours are annoying, I can adapt my life to them.

    What I really wish is that the library had a larger catalog. They buy 100 copies of something that will be hot for a while, and then don’t buy 1 copy of many books. I know a library can’t buy anything, but their buying pattern is very predictable. Maybe I’m spoiled because The Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh has a much larger selection.

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