Finding a good read

The Kendall Young Library has updated its online catalog with a new, fresh look that also offers new features for library cardholders.

Kendall Young Library director Angie Martin-Schwarze said the new catalog has all the same information that the old one did, but has a cleaner and easier to read look that works better on tablet and mobile devices.

“The whole idea of the catalog is to make it as easy as possible for patrons to find things in the library,” Martin-Schwarze said.

The new online catalog also ties into new policies at the library. Library cardholders can log into the catalog and can renew an item up to two times without stepping foot into the library. However, Martin-Schwarze said those renewals are limited to items that no one else has placed a hold on. Users can place holds on checked out items, and they can see the queue for people waiting on that item.

“So, if you are fifteenth in line for a new James Patterson book, you can see that progress and how soon you’ll be able to check it out,” Martin-Schwarze said.

Library patrons can also change their address, phone number or email associated with their library account from the online catalog. If they provide an email, patrons will also get email updates when they have a checked-out item due soon. Martin-Schwarze said this gives people a reminder to either renew or return their items before fines are incurred.

“It’s pretty easy. People who have used other online accounts can figure it out from home if they have their library pin number. If anyone wants to get more information or get help from the library, they can come to the reference desk and someone can help them set it up pretty easily,” Martin-Schwarze said.

For those that have never logged into their library account before, the process is simple. On the front page of the library’s website at, go to the my account button under the search bar at the top of the page. Then, the site prompts users to provide their 14-digit card number on the back of a Kendall Young Library card. The pin number for cardholders is usually the last four digits of their card number.

The new catalog will receive updates as it gets consumer feedback, but Martin-Schwarze said the page’s look will likely stay the same. The catalog also has a spanish language option. The classic catalog search is also still available.