Evergreen Catalog Launches

On September 29, 2008, the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) launched its new Evergreen catalog system. With this launch comes a few significant changes in how library resources are shared between KDL and GRPL, including the placement of holds and the payment of library fines. Here are some basic details:

  • The Grand Rapids Public Library has NOT left the Lakeland Library Cooperative. Kent District Library patrons can still check out materials at all GRPL locations as well as place holds on GRPL items.
  • Although KDL patrons can place holds on GRPL items, they must do so through a separate catalog system (Evergreen) and will have to pick up the item(s) at a GRPL location.
  • KDL patrons can still use the Public Internet terminals at all GRPL locations, and vice-versa.
  • KDL patrons can still view all of their account information and renew items online.
  • A link to GRPL’s new Evergreen catalog is now accessible through our current LakeNet catalog.

For more detailed information, including a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet as well as contact information, please view our Evergreen Information page. 

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3 Responses to “Evergreen Catalog Launches”

  1. Bonnie W Says:

    I can understand the cost of moving books must be expensive. But this will definitely leave the outer suburbs and rural districts with fewer book choices.

    I regret you have had to take this action. Libraries store our wealth of the mind and limiting book distribution in ANY way is not a good thing.

  2. Michael Says:

    Yes, this move is disappointing and inconvenient. Hopefully the changes will be worth it and the new system will be for the improvement of the library systems and the communities.
    I do question the change of pick-up locations and drop off locations. Won’t Library Users be using more resources, energy, and money by all of us individually having to drive downtown and back to access these resources?
    Is this change environmentally sensible? Compare fewer trips between locations with books for multiple people to many people driving to a further location for individual transactions.

    Bonnie reveals another possibility as well that is important to be aware of: This move may very well limit library users freedom and availability to a wide field of information and knowledge.

  3. edehaan Says:

    Hi all,

    We certainly understand your concerns regarding the recent changes. Unfortunately, since this was a decision made by the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) and not the Kent District Library we’ve had little control over the change. I’m sure, however, that GRPL looked closely at both the pros and cons of making the change and ultimately decided that this was the direction they want to pursue. We will certainly do everything we can to accommodate our library patrons, but we realize that this change does result in some inconveniences. If you would like have your concerns addressed directly, I would advise you to call GRPL (616-988-5400) and give them your feedback as I know they value the opinions of their customers.

    In lieu of this recent change, I would advise you to checkout KDL’s new MeLCat service (available starting October 10th), which will allow KDL patrons the ability to borrow material from libraries all over MI and have them sent to their local KDL branch location. More information on that will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.

    We appreciate your comments.