Our new catalog will launch on Monday, August 27th, 2018!
For more details, read about our migration below.
Cass County Public Library is joining Missouri Evergreen this fall. By joining, CCPL will have a new catalog and consortium, offering more materials for patrons.
Why are we switching?
The primary reason for switching to Missouri Evergreen is to give our patrons access to more materials. Missouri Evergreen will allow CCPL cardholders access to over 2 million items, compared to 800,000 in our current partnership with KCPL. Patrons will have access to materials from over 30 libraries throughout the state of Missouri. The Missouri Evergreen collection continues to grow, and materials will be easier to find, receive, and borrow than with our current catalog.
What does this mean for patrons?
The current online catalog, including access to patron accounts, will be unavailable starting Friday, August 24th. The new catalog will be available on Monday, August 27th. All locations will be closed on Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th in order to make the switch to Evergreen. There are some online services that patrons log in to using their library card numbers that may not be available during that time, but we will be doing our best to ensure that they are available as much as possible.
What will change?
Once Evergreen is live, the biggest change for patrons will be the online catalog; it will look very different. For a preview, watch the video below produced by one of our new partner libraries, Scenic Regional Library, outside of St. Louis.
Being the primary way in which our patrons find items in the library, we will also have classes available for the public in August and September.
All patrons’ PINs will change on Monday, August 27th, too. Your new PIN will be the last 4 digits of your phone number. If you don’t have a phone number, your PIN will be your library card number. Don’t worry, you can change your PIN from your account online.
Frequently Asked Questions
I already have a Cass County Public Library card. What do I need to do?
Nothing! There will be no need to get a new library card because the Evergreen system works with our current library cards. Your CCPL card will continue to give you access to our collection (print and digital) and patron computers. You will still be able to look up items and place them on hold through the catalog, too.
I have an eCard. What do I need to do?
If you currently have an eCard, your card will still be valid. Patrons can access all of our online resources, including OverDrive with an eCard. However, they cannot check out any physical items.
Can I still use my CCPL card to get eBooks and eAudiobooks through Libby or OverDrive?
Yes! This change will not affect either platform.
Can I still place holds on KCPL items?
Only until June 30th. Starting July 1st, patrons will be unable to place KCPL consortium holds using your CCPL card. Any holds on KCPL consortium items will be removed on July 1st. Borrowing and lending through KCPL will stop on July 1st. Don’t worry, though; library staff will work diligently to try to still get those items for patrons throughout July and August.
After that, can I still get the materials I want?
Our new partnership gives our patrons access to nearly 3 times as many items than our current partnership. If we can’t find what you’re looking for in our new catalog, library staff can still request items through Inter-Library Loan.
Will I wait longer to receive holds?
Because our new partnership includes libraries from across the state of Missouri, some items may take a few extra days to arrive. Items coming from the metro area will typically get here more quickly.
Can I still return KCPL items here?
Yes, until August 23rd, 2018. After we officially switch, you can still return items, but they may take longer to check in. Since we will no longer have a shared system with KCPL, we will not have a way to check items in or return items to their owning library.
Will I still be able to place holds and manage my library account online?
Absolutely! The new catalog will offer these same features.
Will borrowing periods and renewals change?
None of our checkout periods or renewal policies will change. Books and audiobooks can still be borrowed for 3 weeks, and movies can be borrowed for 1 week. You can still renew eligible items in person, online, or by contacting your local library branch.
Will fines change?
No. Overdue fines and charges for damage or lost items will remain the same.
Are there any other perks I should know about?
Holds notifications via text message!
Talk to your local library branch staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org.