April 3, 2014

Reminder: Library services to be disrupted as catalog expands

Library customers will have access to 4.5 million items

COLUMBUS—Starting tonight and running through the morning of Wednesday, April 9, some Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) services will be disrupted as three more libraries – along with their catalogs – join the Central Library Consortium (CLC).

During this period of time, CML customers will still be able to:

  • Get a library card.
  • Check out items, but they’ll need to bring a library card or library card number – staff will not be able to look them up.
  • Use their library card to access public computers.
  • Use Hoopla, Zinio, digital resources and eBooks.

However, from 9 p.m. tonight through 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9:

  • My Account will not be available on columbuslibrary.org or CML's Mobile App.
  • The catalog on columbuslibrary.org and CML's Mobile App will be available with limited functionality. Customers can search, but they cannot reserve or check availability of items.
  • CML staff will check out all books (no self-checkout will be available).
  • Due dates will be extended.

CML’s services will be back to normal on Wednesday, April 9, when Bexley Public Library, London Public Library and Upper Arlington Public Library will make their debuts in the CLC catalog. Once the upgrade is complete, the CLC will be 14 Libraries Strong – with customers of CLC member libraries enjoying access to 4.5 million books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs with their library cards.

The Central Library Consortium is a network of library systems whose catalogs are accessible by all members. If, for example, one member library does not have an item a customer is looking for, that item can be placed on hold and delivered from another member library.

The Central Library Consortium was formed in 1988 to provide integrated library services and facilitate other cooperative projects that yield excellent quality and value to its members. The CLC continues to experiment with new models of service and resources sharing in response to the needs of its members and to keep pace with the ever changing technology in the library environment. For more information, visit clcohio.org.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.