Temporary Service Disruptions As St. Thomas Public Library Upgrades Computer System

St. Thomas Public Library, December 10th, 2015 – St. Thomas Public Library is excited to announce that over the coming week, it will be upgrading its library management software. Back in March 2015, the library announced its plans to move to a new software, and the time for that move has finally arrived!

Because of the software change, library patrons may experience some service disruptions over the coming week. The library’s current online catalogue will be inaccessible on December 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th. This means that patrons will not be able to place holds on items, view their checkouts, or renew items. “We are encouraging patrons to call the library if they want to place holds or renew books,” says Sarah Macintyre, Systems and Support Services Librarian, “For those days, we will still be open, and we are still providing regular services, but not online”.

“The Library is looking forward to this change,” says Rudi Denham, CEO and Chief Librarian. “Our online catalogue will have a new look, and it will be easier than ever to search for items in our collection. Library patrons will also have more options on their account, including making online payments, and registering for programs online. We are so excited to be able to offer a better service that will meet the needs of today’s modern library user.”

The new software will be fully functional on December 16th, which is when patrons can expect to begin using the new online catalogue interface. The library is offering free training sessions on December 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th for any patrons who have questions about the new online catalogue. “The new online catalogue will have a very similar look and feel to the one that London Public Library currently uses,” says Macintyre, “So many library patrons will already be familiar with the site”. If you need help, call us at 519-631-6050, or email us at info@stthomaspubliclibrary.ca.

This initiative is part of a new regional partnership developed between London Public Library, St. Thomas Public Library, and Elgin County Libraries, which will also be moving to Sierra this month.

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About St. Thomas Public Library – The St. Thomas Public Library has been an integral part of the community since 1884. The Library has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of St. Thomas residents for over 130 years now, and their mission to educate, inform, and enrich the community has never been stronger! For more information, visit stthomaspubliclibrary.ca.

For interviews or further information, please contact:

Sarah Macintyre, Systems and Support Services Librarian
St. Thomas Public Library – Phone: 519-631-6050 ext. 8022

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