Good gifts from Koha

Koha is a Māori, or native New Zealand, word that refers to a gift-giving custom. At the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, it’s also the name of our new library services platform. Koha will be online on March 18; our old catalog is now unavailable, as of the evening of Sunday, March 16.

As with our old catalog, you may renew and place items on hold with Koha. But, in keeping with the origins of its name, Koha also gives you a few new features, including improved search capability, a great mobile interface, and more options for managing your account online.

But before you start to use Koha on the 18th, if you currently use the My Lists feature in the old catalog, you should either print or email those lists to yourself; we can't copy your private lists over for you.

After Koha's in place, you can:

  • Control the way you receive messages, including notices about holds and due dates.
  • Manage your lists of library materials. You decide if you want to save a list of previously checked-out materials and how long you’ll keep it.
  • Find digital resources, such as e-books, along with print materials and more, through a simpler search process.

With a planned gap of at least a day between the old catalog going offline Sunday evening and our new library services platform coming online Monday evening, there will be a period where you will not be able to place holds, renew books, or even browse our catalog. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are confident you'll greatly appreciate all the new features coming your way!

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