New Catalog and Circulation Policies Coming April 17
We are excited to announce upcoming changes to our catalog and our checkout policies that will enrich your library experience. We thank you for your patience and welcome your feedback as we navigate these changes.
During the week of April 16, the Zion-Benton Public Library and our partner libraries will be transitioning to a new library catalog. You will see a new look as you search for library materials, and will be introduced to new features as we work to improve your library experience.
Our New Catalog
What to Expect: April 14-16
- Bring your library card with you when you visit! We will be unable to look up your account.
- You will be able to check out materials from our shelves and from our digital collection.
- You can return materials to the library, but will remain on your account until we are on the new system.
- We will be extending due dates during the offline period, so you may be able to hold onto your items for longer.
- Our catalog might not be up to date during the transition. Call us if you would like an item pulled from the shelf for you.
- You will be unable to place holds, but you can call us to be put on a hold list as needed.
- You will not be able to log into your account during this time or pay overdue fines online.
- You may want to save your reading lists before April 13 when the catalog goes offline. Reading lists and checkout history will not transfer over to the new catalog.
- More information on how to save your reading lists here.
After April 17: New Catalog Features
- A better, faster browsing experience. The new catalog is optimized for phones and tablets, making it great for on-the-go browsing.
- Your materials will renew 3 days before they are due*, if there are no holds on the item, up to 2 times. You’ll also receive a courtesy reminder when your materials can no longer be automatically renewed.
- Choose how you receive notifications: phone call, email, and text messages are all available options.
- You can pick up materials at any of the 24 libraries within our consortium.
- Keep track of what you want to read and watch with the My Lists feature, or opt-in to save your checkout history to revisit old favorites.
- You can see a map of where other items are located if our copy is checked out with the Map It feature.
- When you have overdue items, you can get an estimate on how much you owe with the fine estimator.
- Change the catalog to another language to make searching easier for non-English users.
We will update our Catalog Help Page with instructions and tutorials for the new catalog closer to the April 17 launch date.
How to Save Your Reading Lists and Checkout History
Reading lists you have saved will not transfer over to the new catalog. Here’s how to save them:
- Log into My Account and select View Lists.
- Select a list, then use the checkbox next to the Select an Action dropdown to select all items in the list.
Alternatively, you may select a subset of items using the individual checkboxes with each item.
- In Select an Action, choose Email or Print. If you select email, will be prompted for an email address and subject heading.
If you have already opted into saving your reading history, you will be automatically opted-in to saving your history in the new catalog, but the list of items you’ve borrowed will not transfer. To save your reading history, please click here and enter your account information. Your reading history will be delivered via email.
Having trouble? Please call us or visit any of our service desks.
New Checkout Policies
The following changes will take effect on Tuesday, April 17:
- Library Card Required for all Checkouts
- Check out up to 50 items* per card. Certain item type limits still apply.
- Limit of 1 video game per account.
- Limit of 1 American Girl Doll Kit per account.
- Limit of 1 laptop per account, age 16 and up. Laptops are for in-house use only.
- Borrowing limits for downloadable materials are set by our service providers and are not affected by our policy changes.
- Almost all items* will renew automatically 2 times, if other patrons do not have a hold on them.
- Excludes in-house use only items
- Excludes HOT PICKS and NEW ITEMS
- Two-day grace period for all overdue items
- New items* will be hold-able exclusively to Zion-Benton patrons for their first four months in the collection.
- Excludes HOT PICKS materials, which are browse-only
- Loan periods times will remain the same.
- Fees & Fines will remain the same.