Omaha Public Library (OPL) will transition its software to a cloud-based hosting platform on Wednesday, April 7. This change will provide enhanced security and save OPL money, but it will also limit services available to patrons while the transition takes place. Here's what you need to know:
On Wednesday, April 7, all OPL locations will be open, and public computers and WiFi will be available. Patrons will be able to check out library materials in person from a staff member, as OPL's self check machines will be offline. While OPL's catalog will still be searchable online, the information will not be up-to-date and no holds can be placed. Access to OPL accounts online will not be available, nor will the options to pay fees on accounts or schedule curbside pick-up, opens a new window appointments. Access to OPL's digital resources that require a library card (marked with a library card icon after the name in OPL's Resource Center, opens a new window) will also be restricted until the transition is complete.
The following resources will be available for use on April 7:
- ABCmouse, opens a new window
- Gale Courses, opens a new window
- LearningExpress Library, opens a new window
- MyHeritage, opens a new window
- NewsBank, opens a new window (Omaha Star, opens a new window, Omaha World-Herald, opens a new window, etc.)
- New York Times, opens a new window
- OverDrive, opens a new window/Libby, opens a new window
- Tutor.com, opens a new window
- WorldCat, opens a new window
If you have any questions about OPL's limited services on Wednesday, April 7, please contact your local branch, opens a new window.