News & Events
POLARIS COMING SOON
The Bartlesville Public Library is moving to a new automated library system. What does this mean for you?
• THE GOOD NEWS: The new system will have many improvements that our users have been asking for.
• THE NOT-SO-GOOD NEWS: Like any major computer system change, there will be some inconvenience for a couple of weeks. In preparation for our new catalog, access to our current catalog is extremely limited the week of May 16-21. Library Staff will be working diligently to meet the needs of all of our customers during this time. Thank you for your patience, we promise it will be well-rewarded when we debut our new and improved catalog on May 22!
HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THIS TIME OF TRANSITION: From May 16-21, we will not be able to fill existing hold requests and customers will not be able to place new hold requests. This is to assure that each customer's place in the library's holds queue will be retained during the transfer to Polaris. From May 17-21, library catalog access will be limited, but librarians will support customers in person and by phone to help them find what they are looking for.
After closing on May 15, the Library will freeze most transactions (other than basic checkout with a library card) so the situation that exists in the old system at the end of the day on May 16 can be re-created when the new system goes live on May 22. The old online catalogs will be brought offline and retired after closing on May 15.
Patrons MUST present their library cards to check out materials from May 16 -21. No new library cards will be issued at this time. For all items checked out between May 1-17 the library is extending the loan period to thank customers for their understanding during the transition to Polaris. Everything checked out during this time will be due on May 23. On May 22, we will introduce a great new system and online catalog with many popular features. But please be patient as we learn the new system. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
A note for those curious about exactly what an automated library system is: An automated library system is the computer system that keeps track of the library’s lending collection and your account information. From the Library website you have most likely used this system to search for books and other items, place holds, or check account information. The system we have been using is Horizon for Sirsi-Dynix. A new Polaris Library System is being installed.
Polaris is currently used in over 1,800 libraries of all types, both in the United States and Canada and we are thrilled to join their ranks and bring exciting new features to our library. Polaris will offer the following enhancements and tools for library customers:
• FREE mobile applications to access and search the library materials catalog
• Manage your library account with a customized username and password
• Make online payments 24/7 and receive receipts for library transactions by text message or email
• Save searches and keep track of library items previously checked out
• Smart search tools to quickly find library resources
• Sort search results by relevance and popularity
• Text It feature to send a catalog number by text message
Thank you for your patience during this transition!
LEGAL FORMS, GENEALOGY, & CAR REPAIR INFORMATION
The Library has aquired three new database subscriptions. The Legal Forms database provides forms for divorce, name changes, rental agreements and much more, formatted specificallly for the state of Oklahoma. Forms can be downloaded to Word to customize, and there are even examples of forms that are already filled out that can be viewed.
We've changed our Auto Repair Database to information from Chilton's. Lots of car repair information, including wiring diagrams, is available for hundreds of cars and trucks.
Gale Genealogy Resources allows you to easily search and browse authoritative genealogy ebooks that were formerly only available in print.
BPL BOOK CLUBS (All are welcome to attend)
Gentle Reads (Third Thursday): May 16 @ 2pm THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
Johnstone Irregulars (First Tuesday): May 7 @ 7pm WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE by Maria Semple
Downloadable Books & Finding a Good Book
DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOKS & E-AUDIOBOOKS
Download e-books and e-audiobooks from our Oklahoma Virtual Library site: http://okvirtuallibrary.lib.overdrive.com/
FINDING A GREAT BOOK
Online tools to help you find a great read:
- Staff Picks
- Bestsellers, New & Coming Soon (Library Catalog)
- BookLetters: New and Notable
- Award Winning Books
- BookLetters email newsletters: Sign up and recieve lists of books and audiobooks on a regular schedule.
- The Dear Reader online book clubs are a great way to sample new books. Each day we'll email you a 5-minute portion of a book. During the week you can read 2-3 chapters and decide if you want to check the book out of the library. Every Monday we start new books. Sign up here and start reading.
Pick up a free copy of Book Page the next time you are in the library. This monthly "book newspaper" is an excellent way to find out about new and notable titles.
The Library subscribes to Bookmarks magazine, which can be found in the Periodical Room, near the Reference Desk.
Next time you are in the library, check out the bookshelves underneath the BookPages, next to the 7-day books. You'll find a wide selection of "books about books," useful tools to help you choose great books to read.
Think about joining our Book Club--the Johnstone Avenue Irregulars. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., September-May.
Want to buy books? We have an online bookstore with ABE Books. The Friends of the Library have a booksale in our lobby each Wednesday from 10 to 3.