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Library launching first-of-its-kind online catalog

Jordan Fields
Garfield County Libraries
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The Garfield County Libraries are launching a new online catalog that is much easier to use. It offers additional features to enhance how you access books, movies, ebooks and services online.

Our primary goal with creating the new catalog was to make the process simple. When you search the new catalog for an item, you will now be instantly directed to all of the library’s copies of a title, no matter what format that material is (hardback, audio CD, ebook, etc.) or which library has a copy on their shelf. When you request an item, an advanced algorithm determines which copy can get into your hands the fastest, and places a hold on that copy for you. The technology running these features is the first of its kind in the country, and we are proud to be among the small group of libraries in Colorado to have it.

There are additional features coming with this new catalog. First, you can easily register for a library card online, and instantly access ebooks and services. You can sign up to get SMS text notifications when materials are ready to be picked up, or almost due back.

The new catalog incorporates all library materials including ebooks and Zinio online magazines. There are additional new book and movie lists so you easily can find the latest and greatest stories. If you are the type of person who loves rating books, you will get personalized recommendations based on your star ratings.

Is there a book you want to read but the library doesn’t own it? You can request a purchase via an online form at the bottom of the page. If the library decides to buy the recommended title, you will be notified and placed first on the list to read it.

With a cleaner design that is more closely integrated with the library’s website, the catalog will now work on any size device: from smartphones to tablets, laptops to desktop computers.

You can test drive the new catalog now at http://www.gcpld.org. The new catalog will completely replace the current version on Sept. 22.


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