Over the past year, all Saskatchewan public libraries have moved to a "One Province, One Library Card" system with the goal of providing library patrons with faster and more equitable access to public library services and materials, while at the same time, allowing public libraries to work together more effectively.
As a result of the new system, library patrons will benefit in the following ways:
- More convenient access
- Patrons will be able to access public library materials (some exceptions apply) from anywhere in the province
- Access to the catalogue 24/7 from any computer that has Internet access
- Patrons will be able to request materials to their preferred library location (i.e., the branch closest to where they live or work)
- Patrons will receive notices for holds, late charges, etc. through a centralized notification system which now includes email
- Increased security
- Patrons will receive a personalized library card account providing them with borrowing rights at all Saskatchewan public libraries
- Patrons can be assured that others can't abuse the borrowing privileges of the card because the cards will be non-transferable
- Easier to use
- Patrons will experience a much more user-friendly catalogue displaying the front covers of all materials - just like users would see on Amazon.ca or Chapters.ca
- Patrons will be able to easily find the materials they want using the new catalogue
- Faster access to materials
- Patrons will get their materials in a more timely manner due to overall improvements in the way materials are purchased, catalogued and processed
To learn more about this exciting initiative, you can click on any of the items listed on the left-hand side of this page, or ask any RPL staff member for more information during your next in-branch visit. There are also more exciting additions coming in 2011 so stay tuned.