Presented by: City of Irving

Irving Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new, state-of-the-art online catalog system, Polaris, which keeps track of library materials and customer records. The community is invited to try the new online catalog and modernized services when the system goes live Aug. 28.

Customers will notice the attractive catalog launch page that puts the library’s collection front and center with virtual displays of book recommendations, new arrivals and best-sellers. Spell-check and popular search suggestions make the catalog look and feel like an Internet search engine. Users can save paper by sending book call numbers to their mobile phones using the Text It! feature and share library book reviews with online friends and followers from virtually anywhere.

Polaris is set to revolutionize the way customers use the library’s Overdrive and 3M eBook collections. Cardholders will no longer have to log into separate Web pages to see the downloadable items along with the library’s physical items.

Customers also will be able to place holds and check out eBooks, as well as monitor account activity directly from the library’s catalog. Other new account features include an option to keep one’s reading history, create alphanumeric usernames and receive text notifications.

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