New ILS!

The Collingswood Public Library is getting a new ILS on Monday, November 14 (see image above for a sneak peek of our new catalog). What is an ILS?  ILS stands for integrated library system, which is essentially software that manages the library catalog, patron records, circulation records, payments, and the interplay of those elements. Learn more about this whole “ILS” thing here.

Almost everything you do in the library goes through the ILS – whether you’re searching the catalog, checking items in or out, signing onto the computers, accessing eBooks, or printing a document – all of those functions rely on the ILS.  Our current ILS has served us reasonably well for many years, but the product will be discontinued at the end of this year. Like hundreds of other libraries in our position, we have chosen this opportunity to switch to an Open Source ILS called Koha. You can learn more about Koha here.

What does this mean for patrons?

  • Once Koha is up and running, you will be able to search the catalog more easily and more dynamically than ever before. You will have more control over your account, and you will be able to access new features.
  • When you go to the library’s website, you will still find the catalog link in the same place, but that link will take you to our newly designed catalog.
  • The biggest difference is that the catalog features a single integrated search bar that allows you to search for title, author, subject, series, or keyword. If you want to do a more directed search, there is an Advanced Search feature that will allow you to be as precise as you like in your search — specifying format, location, age level, and many other options.

Online users: the biggest change you will encounter is that your old login and password won’t work when logging into your library accounts. User PINs are private, so we cannot transfer that information to our new system. In Koha, everyone will use their library card barcode as their login, and their password will be their last name in ALL CAPS. Once you log in to the new system, you will be able to change your password. We recommend keeping your barcode as the username, but you may change that as well. Usernames and passwords for eBook vendors will not be affected, so you can continue to use 3M, Overdrive, Gale, and Tumblebooks as usual.

As we transition, we may have some data hiccups, so please be patient as we find bugs that need to be fixed, and let us know if you find something that isn’t working properly.
We will need one day to complete records transition and staff training, so the library will be closed on Sunday, November 13.  Any items due on November 13 will be accepted on Monday without any overdue fees. You can also return all library items on Sunday by placing them in the bookdrops outside. We will empty them throughout the day and check those items in as soon as our system goes “live.”

New eBooks from Bibliotecha (3M)

summer beforeTake a look at our newest additions, including our 2016 Town Book — When Books Went to War, Alexander Hamilton, The Summer Before the War, The Boys in the Boat, and The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Zika Virus Resources

If you or your family member are concerned about the recent outbreak of Zika Virus,
here are some resouces if you would like to do further research:

  • Medline Plus has created a health topic page (in English and Spanish) about the Zika Virus.
  • The Specialized Information Services group of the National Library of Medicine has also put together a resource page (in English and Spanish) about the Zika Virus.

New eBooks on 3M

These are some of the newest titles we’ve added to the 3M ebook collection. Click on the cover to download a book.

To see other ebooks, visit the library’s full ebook collection:

Be sure to have your library card ready so you can sign in easily.

Learn a new language. For free. Anywhere.


Want to learn a new language? The Collingswood Public Library now offers the Mango Languages language-learning system to all cardholders.

Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses focus on four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Mango offers access to 63 foreign language courses and 18 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film, so you can learn a language while watching great movies.

In addition, Mango offers 26 specialty mini courses, including fun courses like Pirate, Oktoberfest German, and St. Patrick’s Day Irish, along with important focused courses, including Medical Spanish and Legal Spanish.

Mango can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection—so you can learn a language at the library if you’d like, or you can study in your home or on-the-go with apps for iPhone, Android, Kindle, and Nook. For help with Mango, stop by the library and ask a librarian for an introduction.

Go to the Library and Check Out a Museum!

Your Collingswood Public Library card now offers experiences for you and your family outside of the library—and even outside of Collingswood itself. Your library now offers at least one family pass for each of the following:

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Garden State Discovery Museum
  • Grounds for Sculpture
  • Morris Arboretum
  • Penn Museum
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Adult cardholders in good standing may check out one pass at a time, and each pass may be checked out for up to four days. For more information, or to find out which passes are available today, call the Library at (856) 858-0649.

Download Audiobooks and Ebooks Through Overdrive and 3M, and Childrens’ Books Through TumbleBooks

Download audiobooks and ebooks through Overdrive or ebooks through 3M. Be sure to have your library card ready.

  1. You can borrow items for 7 or 14 days. They’ll be automatically returned, so there are never any fees.
  2. One of our partners, the Camden County Library System, has put together a great guide to using Overdrive. There are instructions for each of the types of devices you can use to borrow ebooks or audiobooks through the Collingswood Public Library.
  3. Overdrive has put together guides to its Media Console and to Adobe Digital Editions.

Download test prep books and travel guides through Gale.

Download children’s books through TumbleBookLibrary. This collection includes animated, talking picture books, as well as puzzles and games, each of which may be viewed online or downloaded for 90 days. The book collection includes fiction, non-fiction, and foreign language titles, as well as Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation) and audiobooks.