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                                                                                                            Catalog Migration

                                                                                     Upcoming Changes to Lowell Services and Items


Lowell Public Library is excited to announce that we will be changing our catalog system to Evergreen Indiana. This will allow our patrons (you) a wider range of items to browse, use and enjoy. After our new system move is complete, our patrons (you) will have access to over 8 million items that we share with over 200 libraries. The new Evergreen Indiana card can be used at any of the Evergreen Libraries in the state of Indiana.


Lowell Public Library is an independent library district that has shared Lake County Public Library’s (LCPL) online catalog service for many years. We are grateful for the partnership. The needs of our patrons have evolved, so we are making changes to serve our community more fully. Changing to the new system and separating Lowell’s and LCPL’s catalogs will take several months. You may experience some temporary disruption as items make their way back home.


Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What if I have a LCPL item checked out right now?

           After August 1, items will not automatically renew. When the item is due,     

     please return it as usual to a Lowell or LCPL location to avoid late fees.


  1. I can see in the catalog that LCPL has a copy of the item I want. Why can’t I

      place a hold?

      LCPL items will continue to appear in the Lowell catalog during this            

      transition, but we will no longer be requesting materials the way we used to.

      Once Lowell’s migration is complete, LCPL items will no longer appear

      in our catalog. We will have a new catalog with over 8 million items to

      choose from.


  1. What if the item I want is only at LCPL or a LCPL branch library?

     All libraries in Lake County have reciprocal agreements that allow for         

     borrowing between libraries. Bring your Lowell library card in good

     standing to LCPL and they’ll get you set up to borrow LCPL materials.     

     Remember, items need to be returned to the library they are checked out



  1. I can’t get to LCPL. I relied on LCPL sending items to Lowell!

    During this transition, we are using other services to obtain items you        

    request. This service is available to Lowell cardholders and allows us to      

    borrow books from other libraries across the country on your behalf. During

    the transition we can still get the items you need, delivered here to Lowell

    Public Library.


  1. How long is this whole transition going to take?

    We anticipate the migration being complete by mid-December. 


More Questions?  We’re happy to help! Just call us at 219-696-7704 to ask our staff anything you’d like to know about the upcoming catalog changes



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