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New SWAN Catalog Now Available


How-To Guides for the New SWAN Catalog - Use the following guides as a reference.

Learn How to Log In, about PINS, How to Find An Item and How to Search for an Item at http://www.olpl.org/pdfs/Sirsi_Log_In.pdf

Learn How to Work with Search Results and How to Limit Search Results at http://www.olpl.org/pdfs/Sirsi_Search_Results.pdf


Remember to bookmark the new link for the catalog, which is catalog.olpl.org. We appreciate your patience with the new system. As a reminder, your PIN has been reset to the last four digits of your phone number.

Please note: Thank you for your patience as SWAN and the Oak Lawn Public Library continue to improve your catalog experience. As you may have noticed, some services are experiencing intermittent issues as we continue to optimize the new system. Be assured that librarians and IT professionals are working diligently to correct any issues that arise. Feel free to let us know when you encounter a problem. Please call 708-422-4990 for the most up-to-date catalog access news or to discuss your Library account. Questions can also be directed to our staff in person. We greatly appreciate the patience of our patrons during this time of transition and apologize for any inconvenience.

Area libraries, including the Oak Lawn Public Library, implemented a new online catalog on April 14. This updated system brings some highly in-demand features to the fingertips of Library patrons and enhances the user experience. All 77 libraries in the SWAN consortium – comprised of public, academic and special libraries - made the move to the new catalog. The Interlibrary Loan process is responsible for over eight million shared items annually.

You will still be able to view eBook holds and checkouts, place and freeze holds, and pay fines. But the new catalog allows even better sharing of materials as well as more intuitive searching, eBook integration and online resources.  

Our Library staff is committed to making the transition to the new catalog as smooth as possible and are readily available to answer questions and account inquiries and offer assistance.


SWAN catalog

What should I do after the April 14 update? – Go to catalog.olpl.org and log in to your account using your library card number and Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your PIN has been reset to the last four digits of your primary phone number. Once logged in, you can change the PIN to one of your choice.

If you forgot your PIN, you can reset it over the phone at 708-422-4990, visit one of the service desks or go online to catalog.olpl.org. You must have a valid e-mail account to reset your PIN online.

Your checkouts, holds and other information transferred to the new catalog.

Remember to update your SWAN-related browser bookmarks that are saved to your computer or mobile devices. The link to the new catalog is catalog.olpl.org

What features enhance the new catalog?  – The SWAN public catalog with SirsiDynix Enterprise works on all standard browsers and allows even better sharing of materials as well as more intuitive or natural searching, eBook integration and online resources.

How will online searches be easier? – The new additions include: spelling correction, search suggestions and recommended titles. You will receive results the way you would expect, resembling the familiarity of popular internet search engines. An enhanced usability on mobile devices is another positive feature.

If I prefer eBooks, what's to love? – For eBook and audiobook users, this new catalog provides a seamless combination. A patron can view the downloadable resources that are checked out to his or her account, search for all digital holdings in the catalog, and then download these materials without having to leave the catalog, with one search and one log-in. This also applies to magazine and journal articles, online resource suggestions and database integration via eResource Central and Ebsco EDS.   

Will my "Reading History" transfer? – Yes, patrons who have opted into saving their "Reading History" will find it transferred to their account in the new catalog.

What other benefits will occur after April 14? – Coming soon: apps and social media integration. You can also indicate how you would prefer to be notified of materials, whether by phone, e-mail or text. Standard text message rates apply. Another added feature is Patron Pick-Up. While placing a hold, you will be able to choose from any SWAN library to pick up your items. In the old system, you could only select your home library.

Does the new catalog still have ILL capabilities? – Yes, you are still able to request materials from other member locations and have materials delivered to your home library for checkout. With the Pick-Up Anywhere option, you can also pick up items at a library other than your home library.


Visit http://new.swanlibraries.net/ to learn more about the new catalog straight from SWAN. From FAQ’s, to What’s to Love, to an explanatory video, this website is a great resource for Library patrons.  


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