Enhanced search capabilities and a more user-friendly interface are among the features of a new online catalog providing access to 1.7 million physical and electronic items of The Indianapolis Public Library.
As a replacement to a 10-year-old catalog hindered by restricted functionality in newer browsers and no longer vendor supported, the new system presents Library users with numerous improvements when searching for items to review, check out or request. Not only is the new catalog more aesthetically pleasing and easier to navigate, it gives users the ability to group together and submit numerous requests for materials instead of submitting them singularly.
Accessing one's Library account is also made easier with information about holds, checkouts and fines now viewed in the same window. In addition, the Library account portal has such functions as paying off Library debt with a credit card, asking the Library to purchase specific titles and arranging for email notification of due dates and holds.
The more intuitive interface allows individuals to limit search results by branch, format, author and available language, among other criteria. A separate link can take visitors to IndyPL's Kids Catalog. Another helpful feature is the option of accessing NoveList, a service that suggests authors and titles that may appeal to a reader based on one's reading interests.
IndyPL's new catalog fulfills an important strategic planning goal of delivering a rich and vibrant virtual Library presence while creating a personalized, convenient and interactive experience for the user.