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New Library Computer System at JPL

Posted November 06, 2013 in Community Blogs, Johnston

Johnston Computer1By the end of November, Johnston Public Library will be switching to a new library computer system.  This change, which will include a new library catalog, will be easier to use and more cost effective.

With this new system, library users will be able to easily search items that are “on order”; have automatic search enhancements like spelling corrections, “Did you mean?” options and suggestions for searches; have a more attractive visual experience, have the ability to manage personal library accounts in different ways, including choosing to keep a history of past items; and eBook integration with 3M Cloud eBooks to enable single click downloading of 3M ebooks. Besides increased functionality for both patrons and staff, the new library system will actually cost less over the course of time. This is money that will be used to directly benefit library users through more library materials and programming.

Johnston Public Library will be converting to the new computer system from November 8th through November 21st. Here’s how this process will affect you:

  • Checkouts:
    You will be able to checkout materials during the change.
  • Online Catalog & Holds:
    You will be unable to access the library’s online catalog – to renew materials, place holds, or search for items from November 8 – 21.
  • Due Dates:
    No library materials will be due from November 13 – 21.  Items normally due during that period will be due November 22.
    You will be unable to renew materials November 13 – 21.
  • Closures:
    The library will be closed Tuesday, November 19 and will reopen at 1:00 p. m. on Wednesday, November 20.

Additional information about our new library catalog and the conversion process can be found at Johnston Public Library’s website,, or by calling the library at 515-278-5233.

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