ELPL will be closed April 23 for system upgrades. This means that for most of the day the following will be unavailable:
Access to your library account
Renewals and holds
Checking out and returning eBooks and eAudiobooks
eBook patrons take note, during the upgrades you will be able to read/listen to any eContent you have already checked out, only checkouts and returns will be blocked.
We hope to have everything back online by Tuesday evening. We'll announce when the system is back online via elpl.org and social media.
Why are we upgrading our system?
This upgrade will bring our library's automation system up to the next generation of library systems. We use this software for everything, including ordering and cataloging materials, checking items out, hosting our library catalog, and giving you online access to your library account. For now the changes are all on the back end -
Staff will be performing system upgrades to the library's online catalog and check out system on the evening of Sunday, November 11 and the morning of Monday, November 12. All work will happen during closed hours (remember, the library is closed Monday, November 12 for Veteran's Day) so patrons should be minimally impacted.
For certain parts of the upgrade the whole system will need to be shut down so the following services might be temporarily unavailable:
Thank you to the residents of East Lansing for voting yes on the one-mill operating levy for the East Lansing Public Library! The tremendous outpouring of support from the community is truly amazing and deeply heart-felt. It is very rewarding to know how much ELPL means to East Lansing.
The Citizens to Protect the East Lansing Public Library Committee deserves special praise as they went above and beyond to support the levy efforts and to get the word out about ELPL’s needs. We tip our hats to this dedicated group of people.
The success of the levy means that we will continue the library’s tradition of providing quality materials, excellent service and innovative programs designed to meet patron expectations. Specifically we will: increase our book, dvd and e-book budgets back to levels before 2011; enhance technology services; continue to develop innovative programs for babies to seniors; and strive to improve library services however possible.
I am excited about the next chapter for ELPL and look forward to the future.
On behalf of the ELPL Board of Trustees and staff, a sincere thank you.
This is the last day to register to win tickets for The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Wharton Center on Sunday, October 14th at 7:00 pm.
The drawing is to be held Monday night, October 8th.
Winner will be notified on Tuesday morning.
ELPL is happy to announce that patrons can participate in the popular Park & Read program at ELPL.
The Department of Natural Resources and the Library of Michigan have teamed up once again to offer their popular Park & Read program at more than 400 participating libraries across the state. The program, now in its fourth year, offers library card-holders the option of checking out a one-day pass that waives the Recreation Passport entry fee into any of Michigan's 101 state parks and recreation areas.
The one-day pass, a $10 savings, also provides free, one-time access to any of the more than 500 events scheduled to take place within the state parks throughout the summer. Passes are valid for seven days from checkout and are good for day use only. Park & Read runs now through Oct. 1, 2012.
ELPL patrons can now have more eContent checked out and on hold at the same time. Starting today total checkouts and holds for eBooks and eAudiobooks have been increased to the following:
8 checkouts at any time
10 holds at any time
We know that many of you have asked to be able to check out titles longer than 21 days. We are listening and are working on making this happen. Because our eBooks and eAudiobooks are part of a shared collection with other libraries as a group we have to agree on policy and rules.
This morning Encore and the Classic Catalog will be unavailable during a network upgrade at the library. We hope to have things back up and running soon. Why are we upgrading? To prepare for a new VOIP phone system and upgraded and expanded wireless service at the library.
During this upgrade library staff will also be unable to properly renew items over the phone.
Last night we updated our automated system. Our vendor warned us that any email notices that had previously been "stuck" in the queue would be automatically sent out after the upgrade. So last night, at 6:48pm when our upgrade completed, many of you received email notices from November 2011 that never made it out of our system.
We apologize for any confusion this has caused. Please know that these are simply stray emails that were never delivered and that your library account ( ie. items checked out, holds placed, fines etc.) remains unaffected.
This evening (3-4-2012) we will be updating our automated systems to prepare for our self-checkout launch on March 20th. During the upgrade we expect some outages of our catalogs will occur. Everything should be back up and running smoothly by tomorrow morning when we open.
If you can't access the catalog this evening, take a few moments to...
Join Mary Jo (Miss JoJo) for an interactive 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, music & movement, book sharing, and my favorite – BUBBLES! Playtime at the end of the session is a great way to connect with old and new friends.