The local library will be closed over the Labor Day weekend as part of a statewide computer system upgrade.
When the Thomson-McDuffie County Library reopens on Sept. 6, it will be part of the Evergreen-powered system.
Users will experience a new view of the system's catalog and collections, including book covers, reviews, tables of contents and a variety of easy-to-use searches that will allow library users to locate materials quickly and efficiently throughout the system, according to a library press release.
A statewide consortium of 252 public libraries in 123 counties, the Public Information Network for Electronic Services - PINES, for short - offers Georgia citizens a shared catalog of more than 8 million items, with a single library card that is welcomed in all member libraries. Now boasting more than 1.6 million registered cardholders, PINES is a national leader in library cooperation and resource-sharing, a position that the new Evergreen software is certain to enhance.
Current PINES library cards will not change, and users will not have to register for new cards. The new catalog will be available from workstations within all PINES libraries as well as for users logging in from home beginning Sept. 6, at www.gapines.org.