You can come in and read and use the computers, but you won't be able to do much else Oct. 25-27 at the seven branches of the Columbus-based Chattahoochee Valley Libraries.
That's because the libraries will have to suspend most of their usual services while a new data management system is installed.
So, from that Monday through Wednesday the week before Halloween, regular library patrons will face the frightening prospect of being unable to check out books and videos, renew or get new library cards, access their accounts online, pay fines or fees, or download books or music online.
Also printing services will be limited to letter-size black-and-white copies only, and customers will have to pay cash at the standard rate of 10 cents per page.
The libraries will maintain normal business hours, and services unaffected will include public computer Internet access and Wi-Fi, regularly scheduled programs and meeting room usage.
The seven library branches affected are the Columbus Public Library, North Columbus Public Library, South Columbus Public Library, the Mildred L. Terry Public Library, the Cusseta-Chattahoochee Public Library, the Marion County Public Library and the Stewart County’s Parks Memorial Public Library.
The libraries' integrated management system is being switched out because the current one no longer can be updated, said Library Director Claudya Muller. The new one will be a Polaris Library System, she said, in a press release adding: “Polaris provides so many added benefits for our users, including detailed searches for materials and increased access to accounts from any computer or Smart Phone. In the near future, one will also have the ability to use credit cards for payments of fines, fees, or printing."
Full library operations will resume on Thursday, Oct. 28.