Allegheny County Libraries Launch Enhanced Online Catalog
The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), in conjunction with the eiNetwork, recently launched a dynamic online resource – The Catalog, Allegheny County Libraries.
The new library catalog replaces the existing Library Catalog and delivers users with instant access to online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and streaming services for music, TV and movies through Hoopla. While the ability to search for books remains a mainstay for the Catalog, users can now reserve and utilize a plethora of items through its Library of Things section – arts & crafts equipment, cookware, outdoor game/equipment, tools, dolls and puppets and even video gaming systems.
Outside of the libraries, The Catalog offers Experience Kits – passes to visit local museum and educational venues, and a RAD Pass – providing patrons with free and/or discounted tickets to regional attractions including Andy Warhol Museum, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Carnegie Science Center, Children’s Museum and many more cultural venues.
“Our Allegheny County libraries have continually adapted to enhanced technology and the needs of our constituents, ” said Amy Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the Allegheny County Library Association. “This new robust catalog provides our residents with a vast amount of education, entertainment and informational resources right at their fingertips.”
“This catalog is a fun, new way for our county residents to engage with materials and each other. Smarter search with intuitive filters, better browsing that includes read-alike recommendations and opportunities to join a community of readers are just a few of features we are excited to share with our neighbors, ” said Mary Monaghan, Director Public Services at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. “Thank you to ACLA and eiN for the teamwork and shared commitment to success.”
The Catalog can be accessed through the Allegheny County Library Association’s website (aclalibraries.org) and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s website (carnegielibrary.org). Many of the resources and services are available for free to Allegheny County residents. Some require the use of an Allegheny County library card, which is free for all residents.