Library now available anytime, anywhere
The Kaikōura District Library has upgraded it's services, putting its catalogue online and allowing online membership sign-ups. Everyone with access to the internet is now able to browse the items the library has on offer. Members will soon be able to login and search, reserve and renew items online from any device, anywhere, anytime. Non-members can now apply online. Membership remains free for residents.
What improvements or changes did we get?
Access to the library catalogue 24/7, 365 days a year. Everyone with access to the internet can now browse the library catalogue anywhere, anytime.
Library members with an email address will soon be able to log in and reserve, request or renew items or update their account information.
If you're already a member, you can access your account using your library membership number as your login number and 'kaikoura' as the password. We recommend changing your password the first time you log in.
Our library staff now have more time help customers, run activities and keep the library running smoothly because;
- All of the items available at the library are now hosted, maintained and updated through a reliable and efficient cloud system.
- All maintenance and updating is completed by a company dedicated to data management.
Why did we need the upgrades?
Many of our customers live some distance from the library, have limited mobility or have trouble getting to the library during opening hours. Going online makes it easier for these people to use the library in a way that works for them.
Renewing or reserving an item can now be done with the click of a button, anywhere a device can connect to the internet, saving time and penalty fees.
Hosting the catalogue online means all system maintenance and updating is done automatically. This provides value for money as the people who conduct these services are specially trained to do so.
The upgrades keep our services up to date and on par with other library’s around the country - we thought it was time we were able to offer a reliable online service.
What did it cost?
The upgrade offered all the updated services we needed, with only an increase in the fee to host the catalogue online.
There was a one-off cost of $1000 to transfer all of the library's data onto cloud hosting.
The annual costs are around $10,000 to have all of the resources maintained and updated automatically. Before the upgrade, this cost was around $6000 per year.
Library services are funded from the general rate.
How will we know if it's successful?
With your feedback! Let us know what you think.
Remember: if there is something that you have seen at another library that you like the look of, let us know – we are always looking at ways to improve our services.
We're working on improving our online payment system so that library users can pay fines and fees online.
Find out more
- Head to the online catalogue here, or read more about the Library here.
- Apply to become a member of the library here.
05 October 2018