Preview a New Look for the Library Catalog

February 4, 2019

Your search for books, journals, recordings and everything else at Carolina’s libraries is about to get a little bit easier.

Beginning on February 4, you can take the University Libraries’ new catalog interface for a test drive. Here’s why we think you’ll like it:

  • It’s mobile-friendly! No more left-right scrolling or impossible links. Whatever your preferred device, you’ll find a clear interface that’s easy to use and to read.
  • Expand your search to Duke, North Carolina State and North Carolina Central universities with a single button. It’s easier than ever to see if one of our partner libraries in the Triangle has what you need without having to go to a new catalog or start a new search.
  • Accessibility is built-in. The new interface adheres to best practices for accessibility, providing a better experience for anyone using screen readers or other assistive technologies.

The new catalog reflects a multi-year collaboration by librarians at Carolina and other members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network. It uses open-source technology designed specifically to help libraries make research easier.

The new catalog will be available in preview and test mode through the spring semester. During this time, you will have the option to use either the new or old catalog interface. A permanent change-over will take place this summer. During the spring semester we’ll be refining features and adding new ones, such as the ability to request books from partner libraries without ever leaving the catalog entry.

We’d like to know what you think about the new catalog experience. Visit catalog.lib.unc.edu and send your feedback via our form.

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