The New York Public Library will launch its new online catalog page on Wednesday, October 5.
The library has been working with Toronto-based software company Bibliocommons since June to transform the catalog so that users will have the power to create reading lists, rate and tag books, and organize groups.
Bibliocommons – an 18-person firm – hosts online catalog interfaces for over 40 North American library systems (comprising 120 libraries), including Boston, Seattle, and Cleveland, and reviews from those systems will now also be available to NYPL users.
“In the future, we are planning to expand our partnership with Bibliocommons to allow greater access to our special collections, self-organizing groups around books and collection, and immediate volunteer opportunities online,” said Angela Montefinise, the library’s director of public relations and marketing.
The current catalog is NYPL’s most heavily used web property, with 12.2 million visits per year from 2.9 million different users.
“It allows us to offer our users opportunities to connect and collaborate around our collections in ways they have never before experienced in a library setting,” Micah May, the library’s director of strategy, said in June. “I believe our investment in Bibliocommons is the single most important thing the library has done to advance our digital strategy and define a new broader role for libraries online.”