|A COOL Library|
The library is now live on the Evergreen shared catalog as part of the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL).
Please check out the new online catalog to search for items or access your account online. As expected with moving to any new system, there have been some glitches. If you notice any problems, please let us know and we will be happy to take care of them.
Now, besides searching just for materials at the Blanchester Public Library, you may also search for items at seven other COOL member libraries. You may also place holds on those items, and we will notify you by e-mail or phone when the item is ready for pickup.
The library is one of nine founding members of COOL, which was formed in 2012.
The decision to join COOL
was not an easy one, considering the library's long history of being
independent. But the many benefits outweighed any negatives as we best
try to serve our community during this period of continually dwindling
financial support from our state government.
Joining COOL will help the library maintain the costs involved in a circulation system for the foreseeable future. Moving to the Evergreen platform also puts the library in the forefront of the open source movement and gives us much more of a voice in the development of the product than we had using a proprietary system.
Evergreen was developed by several public libraries in Georgia in 2006 and is now used by over 1,000 libraries, including most of the public libraries in Indiana, several in South Carolina and by one of the largest public libraries in the country, the King County Library System in Washington. The COOL catalog is hosted and administered by OHIONET in conjunction with the member libraries.
This move also will give our library cardholders quick access to about 400,000 items held by the consortium's libraries. Items at other COOL libraries should be available for pickup at Blanchester Public Library within a week.
The other current COOL members are Cardington-Lincoln Public Library, Community Library (Sunbury), Germantown Public Library, Mt. Gilead Public Library, Selover Public Library, Worch Memorial Public Library, Wornstaff Memorial Library, and Arcanum Public Library.