HOLDEN, Mass — The Gale Free Library will be among many local libraries making a major software change over Memorial Day weekend, as the C/W MARS library network plans to install new software for all member libraries.
From May 26 to May 29, some library services may be limited or unavailable.
The new software will change how library staff check out materials, process inter-library hold requests, and generally conduct business at the Circulation Desk. It will also change the online catalog, how patrons search for items, place holds, and check theirlibrary card record
Once the new system is online, there are a few current options that will not carry over to the new system. For library patrons, this will include:
• Their Current PIN/Password: Patrons will be able to login to their online catalog account using their last name in upper case as a password. They will then be required to create a new password during that first login.
• Reading History and Current Wish Lists: For the current Reading History and Wish Lists, patrons have the ability to export lists or print from a computer. There is a button to choose "Export List" at the top of the list. Choices are limited, but the Brief Display (Author, Title, Published fields) is recommended. These can be sent to an email address as a text file or displayed on the computer for printing.
The new system has many new positive features such as easily searching all network libraries in Central and Western Mass., and the ability to share reading lists and recommendations with others.
For more information contact The Gale Free Library by calling 508-210-5560.