new catalog coming





Effective Monday, September 15, the McHenry Public Library and 23 other area libraries in the Cooperative Computer Services (CCS) consortium will switch from using BiblioCommons (BC) as the online catalog to using Enterprise, created by the same company that provides our materials database. 

Features of our new catalog:

• The catalog will have a new, easy-to-use look. As always, you'll be able to search and view the collections of all 24 libraries in the consortium, renew items, pay fines, and place holds
• You'll sign in with your library card* number and same password** for BiblioCommons (usernames are going away)
• You can download e-books and eAudiobooks directly from the catalog
• Send yourself or a friend a text message or email about items in the catalog
Your holds, fines, renewals, and any borrowed materials will migrate over to the new catalog, so there's nothing you will need to do!
• View the catalog in multiple languages

*If you've lost your library card and don't know your number, please stop by the Checkout desk with some current I.D. (bank statement, driver's license, state ID, utility bill, etc.) and you can get a new card.

** If you don't remember your password, call the library at 815-385-0036 and they'll help you reset it. If you don't have a password, the default is "patron" until you change it in My Account/Personal Information/Preferences in the new catalog.

Changes That May Affect You:

•  If you had shared lists, they migrated over but became private. Tags, reviews and stars went away (see below for places to rate and review).
•  My Shelves (For Later, Completed and In Progress shelves) moved to the new catalog but are under the heading "My Lists."

The new catalog is very user-friendly and intuitive. You can filter/narrow your search using "facets" on the left side. If you need help using the catalog, ask for our Questions Desk at 815-385-0036 or stop by and we'll try to help. Brochures are available inside the library to help you transition to this new catalog.

Places To Maintain Tags, Reviews, and Ratings:
• GoodReads  – Create personal bookshelves, rate and review books, see what others are reading, participate in discussion boards and groups, get suggestions for future reads
• LibraryThing  – Catalog books, write reviews, connect with others through Forums and Groups
• Shelfari  – Catalog books, contribute to information pages, write reviews, connect with others through Forums and Groups