Leading up to today's "Go Live" date, staff at Ashburton Public Library have been working hard to make the transition to Kotui- their new library computer system - as seamless as possible.
The library's former computer system, .eLM, was 12 years old and struggling to keep up with advances in technology.
Ashburton will become the 23rd district to install the Kotui system – a well-proven National Library developed service which has become the standard, especially in the South Island.
Library Manager Jill Watson says Kotui has an efficient support team, and ongoing system development with libraries belonging to a user group.
"Implementing Kotui will see improved services for customers. The new Kotui hosted website/catalogue, will give faster, more reliable results - something customers have been requesting for some time."
Electronic resources such as eBooks and eAudiobooks, will also be listed in the catalogue, searchable from home, school, work or on a smartphone, as well as from inside the library.
Email or text reminders will also become possible, helping customers minimise library fines and receive reserve notifications faster. Please let the library know your email address and mobile phone number.
The current library cards will continue to work with the new system. So for borrowers there is nothing to do but enjoy the system improvements Kotui will bring.