New Website, New Catalog: Better Service

New Website, New Catalog: Better Service

April 9, 2015 | Library News

If you’ve been a long-time customer of the Upper Hudson Library System, you’ve probably noticed that in addition to APL’s brand new website, our library catalog also has a whole new look. Library staff have been training for months to learn the new system, and we hope UHLS’s new catalog and our new website make it easier for you you to search and access library books and more.

Some of the new catalog features include:

  • My Cart: Did you ever wish you could search for several items, add them to a cart like when shopping online, and then request them all at once? Well, now you can! Think of the cart as you would a shopping cart on a retail site, and add items to your cart by clicking the shopping basket. See Request or Renew Items for more information.
  • Search for Articles: With our old catalog, if you wanted to search our databases, you had to go to a different part of the website. You will notice that the search box in the new catalog has an option for “articles.” This means your search terms will retrieve physical materials and electronic articles from five of our databases (you can still use the rest of our research databases in the usual way). See Find Library Items for more information.
  • Reading History: Many library patrons have asked if they can keep track of their reading history so they can easily see what materials they’ve checked out in the past. This new feature makes that easy, but you have to log onto your account and “opt in” to turn it on. Once you opt in, your reading history will be saved from that point on. Your reading history is private and you can opt out at any time.

If you haven’t tried out the new catalog yet, please take it for a spin and let us know what you think. And, if you’re looking for book suggestions, check out our staff picks on our website to see what our librarians recommend, and head over to the eLibrary to see all the ways you can interact with us online 24/7. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian. We’re here to help!

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is manager of APL's Communication and Creative Services Department, which provides content and information for the library's website, social media, publications, videos, podcasts, and other outlets. Stephanie also manages APL's public relations and marketing efforts.