The 77 libraries that make up the System Wide Automated Network (SWAN), including public libraries in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, are eagerly anticipating the implementation of a new online catalog. This new integrated library system, which will go live on April 14, will bring some highly in-demand features to the fingertips of library patrons and enhance the online user experience.

The new catalog will work on all standard browsers and will offer more intuitive searching, as well as direct access to eBooks and eAudiobooks. Online searches will be easier with “Google-like” searching, including spelling correction, search suggestions, and recommended titles. An enhanced usability on mobile devices is another positive feature.

Users will enjoy browsing and checking out ebooks and audiobooks directly from the new catalog under a single login. Digital resources including ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, magazine and journal articles, and more will be available with a single search. Many other features, including text notifications, will premiere after the April launch, and others will be unveiled as the system evolves.

River Forest Public Library, as well as other libraries in the area, will have staff ready to assist patrons with the new catalog, as well as print and online instructions to ease the transition. There will be a short period when the online catalog will be “view only,” beginning April 11 until the new system goes live on April 14. During this time, patrons will only be able to check out items while inside the library with a library card. Patrons will not be able to log in to their account to place holds or update their PIN or email. Due dates are being extended and fines will be frozen during this “view-only” period.

Important for patrons to note is that once the new system goes live, the default PIN will be the last four digits of their primary phone number. After first logging in, patrons will be able to reset the PIN to any number they choose. Patrons are encouraged to confirm with their home library that their email address and phone number are accurate prior to April 10. To assist with the transition, patrons should also create a new bookmark to the catalog on their preferred web browser. 

River Forest Public Library is looking forward to the enhanced features that the new catalog system will bring and is ready to provide any support needed to ensure a smooth transition.

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