Spring is here, and so is the latest Friends of the Library Newsletter! Find out about our newly added museum passes, our Free Comic Book Day event, and more! As always, please consider supporting the FOL in making our library amazing!
Starting January 1st, 2017, we will require each patron to present his or her library card or valid photo I.D. with current address when checking-out items or making hold requests.
As a reminder, you can use an App like Cardstar or Keyring to “carry” your library card on your phone. We will scan your card from your phone, just as we would do with a physical card.
If you have a family member’s card on your phone, we will take that as permission to use that card. If you bring-in a family member’s card (that of your spouse, child, parent, etc.), we will likewise assume that you have permission to use that card.
If you want to give a caregiver permission to use your card, you can ask us to put a note on your account indicating this preference. That person would then need to present their own I.D. when using your card.
Showing a library card or I.D. is a standard library requirement, and it allows us to make sure that items are checked-out to the correct person each time. We are also striving to protect your privacy by making sure that no unauthorized person has access to your account.
As a reminder, you can access your own PIN-protected account online anytime by going to our catalog. Here you can renew items, make requests, build lists, and much more!
Due date and holds email notices are now coming from a NEW sender: email@example.com. Please add this sender to your safe list, or check your junk mail folder and mark as safe.
The Collingswood Public Library has a new ILS! 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 old ILS served us reasonably well for many years, but the product has been discontinued. 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?
- With Koha, you are now able to search the catalog more easily and more dynamically than ever before. You have more control over your account, and you have access to new features.
- When you go to the library’s website, you still find the catalog link in the same place, but that link takes you to our newly designed catalog.
- The biggest difference is that the catalog features a single integrated search bar which 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 could not transfer that information to our new system.
In Koha, everyone uses their library card barcode as their login, and your password will be your 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 we can change that for you 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.
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.
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.
- You can borrow items for 7 or 14 days. They’ll be automatically returned, so there are never any fees.
- 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.
- Overdrive has put together guides to its Media Console and to Adobe Digital Editions.
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.