Have you ever seen an interesting book or video in our catalog that you want to follow up on later, but don’t want to (or can’t) request at that particular moment?  What did you do?  Try to remember it? Write it down on paper?  Email yourself a link?

You’ve now got an easier option!  We’ve just introduced a new feature in the library catalog called “My Lists”. With My Lists you can permanently save lists of library items that get stored in “My Account”.  You can make lists reflect whatever you want.  They could be on a topic like “dogs” or “travel”, a “wish list” of books you want to read or request, or a bibliography for a school assignment – it’s up to you!

While you’re searching our catalog, look for a button next to each title that says “Add to Cart”.  You’ll then be asked to login to your account and can add the title to an existing list or create a new list.  Go to “My Account” to view the lists you’ve built.  You can make a hold request directly from My Lists for any titles that are available (remember some materials, like entertainment DVDs and music CDs cannot be requested).

Also, you don’t need to use My Lists to build lists of books you’ve already read or checked out.  Remember, we have a My Reading History feature that will automatically do that for you.  Just turn it on and everything you check out from that point on will be saved in a convenient list.

Try it out and then leave a comment to let us know what you think!

Woo hoo! Our new website at has finally launched with some awesome major enhancements:

  • a new design, created by the very talented The Pita Group
  • new site content
  • a new catalog system called Encore
  • new information architecture
  • new content management system
  • a new way for staff to update content directly through a customized, simplified WYSIWYG editor

So you know…it’s not like it was a huge project or something.

This launch is the culmination of a an eighteen month project that began with strategic planning and a new brand. I want to thank everyone for the intensity of the work that was necessary to see this thing through, especially Mary Crean, Marian Amodeo, Anju Meenatoor, and the entire design and implementation team at The Pita Group. We strove for minimalism and simplicity in both design and content whenever possible.  Every ounce of energy we possess has gone into this project, and it is beyond satisfying to see it go live.

Of the website, Paul Pita, chief of The Pita Group, said, “The new helps visitors find exactly what they’re looking for, learn online, participate in educational programs and participate in events that showcase our region’s history, literature and art. We’re proud to work with the Library and its IT partners to integrate new catalog and calendar technologies into the web site, which will bring the library’s phenomenal resources to even more residents of Hartford and the Greater Hartford Region.” Undoubtedly, there will be more changes and enhancements in the days and months ahead, but for now – a deep sigh of relief.  And a beer. Or two.


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