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Palm Beach County Library System to Launch New Website on April 15

The Palm Beach County Library System will launch a new website on Monday, April 15.

The new site features a new look and a new catalog search feature that you are going to love.

The clean, modern look and layout make it easier for you to read, explore, and find what you are looking for as easily as possible. On every page you have a search box and links to the information you want most – Books, CDs and DVDs; eBooks and Audiobooks; Downloadable Music; Magazines and Newspapers, and Articles and Information.

On the home page you’ll see what’s happening in the Library System today with a real-time listing of events and articles about upcoming programs and new services being offered. You can now search for programs for Adults, Children and Teens, or Computer Classes by date or location. You can also search by type of program depending on your interest, whether it’s jobs and careers, movies, book discussions, or author talks, and much more. Every page features ads for the many resources we have which you might not be aware of. Simply click on an ad and discover what we have to offer.

You’ll also find our new catalog search engine which offers higher-accuracy results. The new system offers results that you have grown accustomed to finding on sites like Google or Amazon. The previous catalog used Boolean search where words such as “Not,” “And,” and “Or” were limiting your results. The new catalog uses natural language searching — just enter your terms the way you do on Amazon or Google. Find titles like “Bud Not Buddy,” “Not Without My Daughter,” “Or Not.”

You can also filter the results by branch, material type, publication date, etc. —these are listed on the left side of the page.

When you search the catalog it simultaneously searches the Library’s catalog and some of the databases, like The Palm Beach Post, so you don’t have to conduct multiple searches to access database content.

You can even customize your account information and create reading lists. From the catalog you can share your favorite books, movies on Facebook, and Twitter. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds for your favorite searches; an example is if you are interested in Florida History you’ll be notified any time new materials arrive on that topic.