System Upgrade

This is a work-in-progress document.  Please contact us if you have any questions!

We’re upgrading our systems in a big way! This June, we’re making it easier to search the library catalog, find new materials, and improve your library experience. The new catalog is more intuitive and user friendly, and will make it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for, manage your account, and to discover new things along the way!

What follows is a collection of the things you need to know about the new system and how we’re rolling it out, so check back often to learn the latest and greatest news, important dates, and any steps you may need to take. While some interruption is unavoidable, we hope to minimize any disruption that the upgrade will cause.  We anticipate the impact to be limited to June 3-12.

 

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— Timeline —

May 1, 2024: Due dates for items due back between June 1st and June 13th will be automatically extended to June 20th. Any library cards that expire in June will be extended into July.

June 3, 2024: Starting on this date, placing holds will be unavailable, however any existing holds will remain on your account. You won’t be able to pay fines or fees or sign up for a new library card. You will be able to check out materials from any LMxAC member library, and you can still use Hoopla and Libby for borrowing electronic materials (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more).

No holds will be fulfilled until the system upgrade is complete on June 13th, but patrons are welcome to visit their local library, browse and check out material during this time.

If you have material from one of our member libraries, please hold on to it until after our new system launches. Thanks for your help!

June 13, 2024: The new system launches complete with a redesigned library catalog and updated library app.

— New Features —

Starting on April 22nd, we’ll be posting weekly highlights of our new online catalog’s features. Be sure to check back often to discover what you’ll be able to do in the new system!

With the new rollup capability, you’ll be able to select your desired format directly from the search results. Tabs will indicate formats such as “Book, Large Print, eBook, eAudiobook” and more for easy selection.

Clicking on an author’s name anywhere in the new catalog brings up a page with biographical information, books and resources written by the author, items of related topics, and more!

Another helpful feature in the new catalog: when viewing details about a book in a series, you’ll easily be able to find other books in that series.

In our upcoming catalog, view recommended reading levels during a search, and browse other titles by Lexile, Accelerated Reader or Age/Grade level!

 

 

— Patron Steps —

Coming soon, we’ll be sharing a few key tips on how to make shifting to a new library catalog the smoothest it can be. Learn how to export and share your personal lists, and more!

 

— Q & A —

Will I need a new library card?
Nope!  Your existing library card will work just fine in the new system.

Can I still borrow ebooks and other digital content?
Any service that requires authentication (where you have to sign in with your library card and PIN), such as eLibraryNJ / Libby or hoopla, will remain available during the entire upgrade.

What about the app?
Keep using the LMxPress Plus app!  It is an easy way to store your library card, search the catalog, and more.  When the new catalog arrives, we’ll also start upgrading everyone’s app to a new version with more features, customized per library.  You won’t need to install anything new, just ensure that your app is updated to the latest version.

 

— Don’t see the answer to your question here? —

Are you a library power user who wants to know all the details?  A new patron curious about what’s going on?  If this page didn’t answer your questions already, please send us a question using the contact form below and we’ll be happy to add it to our Q & A section.  If you’re wondering something, other patrons are probably wondering about it, too!

Please include a valid email address if you’d like a direct response to your question.

 

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