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Introducing our new website

Welcome to our updated website. We've now had a website serving Madison County for over 15 years, this is our second major upgrade to that site, and third new website in the past 2 years.
Some of the great new features we're introducing with this new site include: Read more about Introducing our new website

Koha, FOSS, and what that means to you

So, where is HMCPL headed with this new catalog upgrade to Koha? Why are we making this change?

Let’s talk a little philosophy here. No, not Aristotle, but computers. We’re taking a big leap with a major FOSS package, and I thought I’d take a few minutes to explain what that means, and why that’s good for you, our patrons.

FOSS. It's a short acronym, for a big concept. Read more about Koha, FOSS, and what that means to you

Internet Safety Policy review

The Library Board of Directors will review the Internet Safety Policy at the Board meeting on Wednesday, March 19 at 4:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Board Room at the Main Library. Read more about Internet Safety Policy review

Freegal Music 4.0

Freegal Music is HMCPL's online music service that provides you with high quality, free-of-cost, and DRM-free, music -- songs and albums that are yours to keep forever! Now in our second year of offering this service to you, our music provider has has released a major new update to Freegal, with lots of useful new features! Read more about Freegal Music 4.0

Scheduled server maintenance

Our primary database server will undergo planned maintenance this Sunday, May 19, starting at 6 p.m. Central Time. Maintenance is scheduled to be completed by 6 a.m. the following morning. Read more about Scheduled server maintenance

Scheduled server maintenance

Our catalog server, located at hmcpl.org/catalog, will be taken offline for scheduled maintenance starting Tuesday, April 24, at 11:00 a.m. CDT. This maintenance window should last 30 minutes, and is required to repair software issues that have been causing unplanned outages with that particular service. Read more about Scheduled server maintenance

Getting social with our content

While we were busy waiting for the snow to melt, we kept pushing forward with other changes to our new catalog. As some of you may have noticed, we did a software update last week; some of the changes that came with the update included a Facebook "Like" button and fixes to several bugs that prevented patrons from emailing links or effectively using RSS feeds. Those were the easy changes. Read more about Getting social with our content

Cover art totally snowed!

Due to the massive snow storm in the northeast United States, the power has been lost to one of our content providers. This particular service is the source of a large quantity of the cover art we use in our catalog searches. Read more about Cover art totally snowed!