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Meet our new library search

Our timeline of changes

During our library search switchover, we aim to make the change with minimal disruption. This page aims to show you what's happening and when so you can get change ready. 

1 June - 4 July -  

  1. From 1 June, we will temporarily suspend purchasing physical items until Monday 4 July. Some ebook purchases will still be possible, however these won't show in the library catalogue until Monday 4 July. Any ebook purchases during this time will be sent directly to the individual who made the purchase request.
  2. Broken links on the library catalogue won't be fixable during this time, so you may notice more broken links than usual. 
  3. The 'Request an Accessible Copy' form will be available throughout the switch.  .

13 - 28 June - Recalls, renewals and courtesy e-mails will stop as we prepare to switch to the new Library Search. Books that are due back in this period will be extended (by us) until 29 July 2022. 

23 - 28 June - The self-service machines and laptop loans will become unavailable as we prepare to switch to the new Library Search. During this time, all books you are borrowing or returning will need to be brought to the helpdesk where staff will assist. 

At Colchester, the external book drop will be unavailable during this time, books can still be returned via the helpdesk on the ground floor.
At Loughton, books can still be returned via the external book drop during this time.

23 June - 4 July - Interlibrary loans will be possible until 23 June, at which point no new requests can be made until 4 July

28 June - Our new library search is LIVE! The classic catalogue, as well as our current EBSCO catalogue, will no longer be available. It will no longer be possible to access previously saved searches and reading history. Auto-renewals will come into effect from this date, find out more about auto-renewals in our blog post

29 July - Anyone who currently has a book out on loan for over a year will need to return it by this date.