The Kansas City Public Library gets a new online catalog

The Kansas City Public Library has been making a lot of changes recently that are improving the experience for you, our patrons.

First, we updated our website. Next, we began implementing a new tagging system for library materials. And now we've changed our online catalog system. 

The catalog allows you to search our materials, place holds on items, and manage your account. The system will allow you to interact with our library staff more easily, create themed lists, review books, and share your recommendations within the library community.

The same software is used in neighboring Johnson County, Olathe, and Mid-Continent libraries (coming early 2017) which will facilitate an exciting digital collaboration coming to fruition next year. 

Starting immediately, you can gain access to the new system by logging into an existing library account. You’ll then be asked to register by creating a username and entering an email address. If you have accounts at more than one of the partnering libraries and have used the same email address, you’ll be asked if you’d like to link the accounts, allowing you to easily toggle back and forth between search results for each library. Learn more about account linking here

Registration is simplified for children under 13. They are asked to pick a favorite animal and favorite color, and the system combines the two to create a unique username.

Once registered for our new online catalog, you’ll be able to do all sorts of fun and interactive things:
  • Create and share reading lists.
  • "Follow" your friends and coworkers and get updates about what they are reading.
  • Keep track of books you want to read.
  • Rate and review titles that you've read.
  • See activity from all other system users across North America.

The catalog can easily be viewed on mobile devices.

The new library catalog system is called BiblioCommons, and it isn’t just regional. It is used by some of the largest and most prestigious public library systems in North America – from Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, and Austin to Hennepin County (Minnesota), Multnomah County (Oregon), Brooklyn, Edmonton, and Vancouver. Other regional libraries in Lawrence, Columbia, St. Louis, and Omaha use the same product.

To begin using our new catalog, click here.