Lewis & Clark Library Joins the Montana Shared Catalog
April 16, 2019 (Helena, MT)—The Lewis & Clark Library is excited to announce that it is now a member of the Montana Shared Catalog, meaning patrons have access to a sophisticated and easy-to-use online catalog that includes over 3 million items.
Represented by 186 libraries in 104 Montana communities, the Montana Shared Catalog provides easy access to library collections for over half of Montana’s citizens. “This is a great way for us to provide more resources and improve ease of use for our patrons,” explained Lewis & Clark Library Director John Finn.
The Montana Shared Catalog will replace the Library’s current catalog in early May. The Library will be closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday May 6 and 7 for training and migration of records from one system to the other. The Library will be open, and the catalog will “go live” on Wednesday May 8. Library Staff and staff of the Montana Shared Catalog will be available to assist patrons with questions.
Using the Montana Shared Catalog, library patrons can search for books, movies, audiobooks, games, graphic novels, and more. Patrons can now better manage their library accounts online, including managing their holds more efficiently than is currently possible. Library patrons can also search other library collections if the local library does not have the item they need. “In essence, our patrons will be able to access many library collections in addition to our collection,” stated Finn.
Lewis and Clark County residents are encouraged to visit the Lewis & Clark Library’s webpage at www.lclibrary.org or in person on May 8 to check out the Montana Shared Catalog. “Patrons will notice a change in how the catalog looks as well as some great new functions,” explained Finn.
The Montana Shared Catalog, established in 2002, is funded in part by the Montana State Library, a government agency. The mission of the Montana State Library is to help all organizations, communities, and Montanans thrive through excellent library resources and services. In addition to centralized system administration and library staff support, the Montana Shared Catalog maintains a shared online public access catalog and facilitates sharing of library materials across Montana from Libby to Glendive. For more information, visit http://msc.msl.mt.gov.