New system to be installed at regional libraries

Craven County public libraries, including the one in Havelock, will be closed for the first week of October while a new system for managing the facilities’ collections is implemented.

All 10 libraries in the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library system will be switching to the new “Library.Solution” system for managing collections, circulation, patron account information and reporting.

A $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, is paying for the upgrade.

According to a release from Susan Simpson, the director of the library system, the 10 libraries in the three counties have 335,491 items, including books, compact disks, MP3s, DVDs, videos and other non-print materials. Last year, the entire library system had nearly 500,000 items checked out and almost 79,000 patrons.

Simpson said that half of all libraries in North Carolina use the Library.Solution system.

“We think our patrons will enjoy our new catalog, especially the Kid’s Catalog,” said Simpson.

Library patrons will have new online surf service options on their My Account page and will be able to pay fines online with a credit or debit card, along with updating account information and sharing lists with friends, Simpson said.

All 10 libraries will be closed for about a week to make the switch over.

These are the dates to remember.

• Friday is the last day to check out materials on the current system.

• The library will be open with regular hours Saturday, but with no system for checking out materials or issuing library cards.

• All of the libraries will be closed on Sunday through Oct. 9 for staff training.

• Libraries will reopen with regular hours on Oct. 10 with the new Library. Solution system in place.

For more information on the library closure, call Simpson at 638-7812 or 728-2050.