New library catalog live

Hennepin County Library launched a new and improved online catalog on June 29, powered by BiblioCommons. Here are some features you may appreciate:

1. Create your own easy-to-remember username. A personalized username means faster log in to library accounts. To create a username, enter a library card barcode number and password (PIN) at https://hclib.bibliocommons.com.

2. Forgot your library card? Log in with a username and password to find account numbers, so you can reserve a computer and use databases.

3. Place a hold with just one click. Skip the step of selecting a pickup location each time. Set up a preferred location and place holds with just one click. Log in, then click: My Library > Holds > My Borrowing > Turn on.

4. Get organized. “My Shelves” gives you a place to organize everything you want and everything you've already read, seen or heard. You can also choose to track your borrowing history. Log in, then click: My Library > My Shelves.

5. Connect with a community of readers. Keep tabs on what others are reading and recommending. Follow and share with other readers. Log in, then click: My Library > My Profile. Patron comments, lists and ratings already in the current catalog will move to the new catalog. Import your lists, ratings and reviews

6. Share only what you want. You decide how much, or how little, of your shelves you would like to share with others. (Complete privacy for those under age 13.)

BiblioCommons has a proven track record of working successfully with public library systems of all sizes, including very large systems such as Hennepin County Library. Both Seattle Public Library and Chicago Public Library are clients of BiblioCommons. 

You'll find that the new catalog has a clean online display, even on mobile devices, plus excellent search capabilities — it even offers spelling suggestions. It will make the library easier to use while also protecting patron data and privacy.

Tell us what you think about the new online catalog. Hennepin County Library is always listening to patrons; we want to hear what you would like in your library experience.