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Services down while library upgrades website

– Allen County Public Library patrons can expect a disruption of online services beginning Monday.

The library’s technology staff is working to upgrade the website’s book catalog and other services, and patrons will not be able to log into their online accounts, renew materials, place holds or pay bills, said Roseann Coomer, the library’s assistant manager of communications and development.

“We know it will be inconvenient for a short time, but the upgrades will make the online system more reliable,” Coomer said.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by Thursday morning, she said.

Since catalog search results will be limited, the library has extended the following due dates on materials to ensure late fees do not accrue during this time:

•Items due Monday will now be due Aug. 18

•Items due Tuesday will now be due Aug. 20

•Items due Wednesday will now be due Aug. 21

•Items due Thursday will now be due Aug. 22

•Items due Friday will now be due Aug. 23.

Some patrons may not be able to find the location of materials online during this time, but library staff will be available to answer questions or offer assistance, Coomer said.

The upgrades will are part of the library’s new $470,000 technology infrastructure upgrade approved by board members in February.

The new computer server system is designed to reduce costs, improve reliability and maximize energy efficiency, while also improving security and disaster recovery.