Residents can expect new features after the Keller Public Library upgrades its software later this month.
During the transition, however, the library will be closed one day and most library functions will be down for a week, according to the city of Keller.
The library, 640 Johnson Road, will be closed Jan. 16 as its software changes from Horizon to Polaris, and most library functions will be down from Jan. 17-22, according to a city news release. Patrons can make check-outs during that time if they have their physical library card, but searching the catalog, paying fines, requesting materials, checking out online resources and other services won’t be available during that time.
Checked-out items won’t be due back from Jan. 14-26, and the city urges residents to “keep all items until Jan. 27.”
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According to the city, some of the new features with the Polaris software upgrade include:
• Patrons can opt in to maintain reading history
• Patrons can save searches so they are alerted when new materials arrive
• Patrons can add reviews and ratings to titles and also benefit from reading other reviews
• Staff can link patron accounts together – to help families track fines and due dates easier
• Patrons who are logged into their accounts will see only the OverDrive titles that are available for their libraries to check out and reserve
The library will offer a class, Using the New Catalog, to help explain more about the new system at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 29. Library staff will also be available to assist patrons one-on-one as needed following the transition.