Minneapolis and Hennepin County systems unify websites

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2009 - 10:55 PM

One of the last remnants of the Minneapolis Public Library system disappeared Monday as that system's website went offline and users were directed to a single website operated by the Hennepin County Library system.

The two systems merged about a year ago to create a network of 41 libraries in Minneapolis and the suburbs, but each system's website remained operational as a way to ease the transition. Those who visit the Minneapolis site (www.mplib.org) will be redirected to a site that incorporates information from both Minneapolis and Hennepin County systems and provides patrons with additional resources, said Lois Thompson, interim library director.

Patrons who regularly use the Hennepin County system's web page (www.hclib.org) will find features imported from the Minneapolis system. They include a database of books that help children develop early literacy skills, an expanded government information subject guide, and a collection of World War II posters, Minneapolis photographs and a history of the city.

Those who used the Minneapolis system will find easier access to databases and a resource-linking website called BookSpace, an online reading community, information about new titles, e-mail alerts on books and book club resources.

Later this year, the website will include a unified catalog for the merged systems.

TIM HARLOW

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