Pottstown Library at Mid-Point of System Upgrade

POTTSTOWN PA – A week-long series of computer upgrades across the Montgomery County Library System, which began Wednesday (Sept. 1, 2021) and are expected to continue through Tuesday (Sept. 7), have created some unavoidable inconveniences at the Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 E. High St., it acknowledged.

During the upgrades, library patrons are unable to access their accounts, check-in returned items, check-out any library materials, look for items in the library system, pay fines, place a hold on items using the catalog, or renew items already borrowed, library spokesperson and Youth Services Coordinator Mindy Lee Lipsky said.

There are, however, plenty of ways still available to make use of library services, she added. Patrons currently can submit written inter-library loan and hold requests for processing at a later time, access the library website and its social media channels, use its public computers, and printing, fax, and scanning facilities; and access library online resources like Creativebug, Hoopla, and Libby by Overdrive.

Also, if you’re a patron who had items on hold as of Aug. 31 (Tuesday), they’re waiting to be picked up at the library if you haven’t already done so. And, Lipsky noted, they’ll be checked out for a longer-than-normal duration as the library transitions to the new system.

Easing the change-over is the fact that, for the Labor Day holiday, the library will be closed Saturday (Sept. 4) and Monday (Sept. 6), she said.

Will the wait be worth it? Yes, Lipsky said. She thanked the public for its patience, and added, “We can’t wait to show you our new and improved system!”

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