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BiblioCommons releases new enhanced discovery and online browsing

Press Release: BiblioCommons [November 26, 2020]

Abstract: With public library buildings across North America closed or restricting access, connecting patrons with the library's collections online has never been more critical. BiblioCommons has released new functionality in the BiblioCore catalog that creates an enhanced online browsing experience facilitating endless routes for patrons to discover what to read, watch or listen to next — even when they can't physically browse the shelves at the library.


Toronto, Ontario -- November 25, 2020. With public library buildings across North America closed or restricting access, connecting patrons with the library's collections online has never been more critical. BiblioCommons has released new functionality in the BiblioCore catalog that creates an enhanced online browsing experience facilitating endless routes for patrons to discover what to read, watch or listen to next — even when they can't physically browse the shelves at the library.

The new BiblioCore catalog experience places a greater emphasis on staff recommendations and content. The redesigned title pages are visually appealing and invite patrons to explore and discover multiple titles to borrow. The patron discovery journey has never been as enriching and rewarding! Patrons can now browse the library's collections while also benefiting from library staff expertise and connecting with a greater community of readers, music lovers, and movie buffs.

Over the last year, BiblioCommons provided a patron preview of the new catalog design with libraries throughout Canada and the United States. Arapahoe Libraries in Colorado is the first to launch the brand-new enhanced discovery functionality, with other libraries to follow in early 2021. During the preview period, patrons have been able to test and comment on the latest changes, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Comments from patrons have included:

  • "I literally LOVED this new update. As a bookie, I love exploring new books and genres."
    Edmonton Public Library Patron
  • "Yes, yes, yes! The links (with cover images) to other recommended books is exactly the rabbit hole that leads to finding ‘just the right book' for the moment. Love this new look — full of opportunities!"
    Sno-Isle Libraries Patron
  • "This new design is a million times better!"
    Chicago Public Library Patron
  • "Love all the information you provide! Now I don't have to look for review, etc, on Amazon! Including putting the book on hold is terrific! Well done!"
    San Antonio Public Library Patron

Public libraries that are interested in using BiblioCore are encouraged to attend an informative webinar on Tuesday, December 1, at 3 PM ET. For more information and to register for the event, visit BiblioCommons.com/Webinars.

About BiblioCommons

BiblioCommons builds software that transforms the public library's essential online services — your website, your catalog, your events calendar — from transactions to experiences worthy of your public library. BiblioCommons powers integrated online experiences for many of the top public libraries of all sizes across the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

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Publication Year:2020
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:November 26, 2020
Publisher:BiblioCommons
Company: BiblioCommons
Record Number:25707
Last Update:2020-11-26 05:08:44
Date Created:2020-11-26 05:06:48