News & Events

System Migration

posted Aug 7, 2014, 4:55 PM by Doug Yancey   [ updated Dec 7, 2014, 10:10 AM ]

Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service has selected a new integrated library management system. This computer system contains all the information users need to find materials and check them out. This change is occurring because the vendor of our current system announced plans to phase that system out. After a two year search, CCRLS has signed a 7-year agreement with SirsiDynix of Lehi, Utah, selecting the Symphony integrated library system, along with the full set of additional features to provide the latest library management tools.

In addition to existing features of the current system, new features will include:
  • Integrated searching of books, ebooks, online databases and digital content
  • The ability to check out and place holds on ebooks directly through the catalog
  • Simplified searching, browsing, limiting and sorting
  • The option to receive library notices via text messaging
  • An improved phone notification system
  • Catalog integration with Facebook
  • Improved system management tools and reporting capabilities for library staff
While most patrons can continue using their existing library cards, Chemeketa Community College cards will no longer work in the new CCRLS system.  You must have a CCRLS card.

The old system will be available for searching only from 12/8/2014 until 12/11/2014. No material will be due those days, no holds can be placed, no changes can be made.  Checkouts (in an offline mode) on the new system will be possible during this interim.

Patron Records
  • Your patron record will transfer along with most connected material; we expect checked out material, holds and reading histories to transfer.
  • Preferred searches will not transfer to the new system.
  • We suggest that patrons capture the contents of any saved lists ('My Lists'), as we do not anticipate being able to transfer this information to the new system.

Account Access
  • Please note that once the new system is live, you may need to change your PIN.
  • Your new PIN should either be the last four digits of the primary phone number indicated in your account, or CHANGEME.
  • PINs can be reset by using the 'Forgot My PIN' feature in the new system. Or, contact your local Library and staff there can assist you.

Online Resources
  • Most online resources should remain available during this transition.

The new system should go live the morning of 12/11/2014.  It should again be possible to search the live system, place holds, checkout material in real time and access your account.

Notices for holds, reminders, overdues, fines, and bills should start up again shortly after 12/11/2014.

New resource - Mango Languages

posted Jun 6, 2014, 1:45 PM by Doug Yancey   [ updated Aug 8, 2014, 11:37 AM ]

Learn a language with Mango

Mango Languages offers a fast and convenient solution for language-learning needs. Just log in with your CCRLS library card + PIN and then create a personal Mango account to get started.

New resource - Novelist

posted Jan 2, 2014, 10:50 AM by Doug Yancey

NoveList is the premiere database of reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.  Access from home requires a valid CCRLS library card number and PIN.

Learn more!

Get the CCRLS 'Bookmarklet'

posted Mar 14, 2013, 1:50 PM by Doug Yancey

Get the CCRLS bookmarklet - It lets you know whether a title is available at your library when visiting online bookstores and other book-related websites. 

Learn more!

Library2Go news

posted Mar 6, 2013, 4:36 PM by Doug Yancey   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 9:22 AM ]

Changes are coming soon to Library2Go on March 11.

Catalog update coming soon!

posted Jan 9, 2013, 10:28 AM by Doug Yancey

We will be introducing some changes to the catalog very soon.  These modifications will include:
  • More prominent search options
  • Self-serve PIN reset option
  • 'Do it for me' links (search links to popular material)
  • Minor style changes
We hope to roll this out on Monday, January 28.  In the meantime, if you would like to see what's on the way, please visit our beta version.  Please note that this version is still a work in progress and not quite ready for 'prime time'.  Even so, it's very usable and most of what you can currently do in the catalog can be done here.

Feel free to share your thoughts & comments with us by emailing

New CCRLS mobile app

posted Nov 30, 2012, 11:11 AM by Doug Yancey   [ updated Nov 30, 2012, 11:56 AM ]

With our new mobile app you can browse or search for titles, place holds, access your account or get in touch with your home library.  We also think you'll enjoy the integration with Library2Go ebook titles and the ability to search for a book by simply scanning its barcode or QR code.

If you have installed an earlier (beta) version of this app, we encourage you to delete it from your device and download again.  For Apple and Android users, you'll find the app in the iTunes store or Google Play.  You can also use either of two mobile browser-based versions:

Mobile browser (comparable to the app but lacks some features)
Universal version (no-frills mobile access)

If you have any questions, please contact CCRLS or any of our member libraries.

CCRLS Advisory Council meeting

posted Nov 7, 2012, 4:31 PM by Doug Yancey

The next Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) Advisory Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Salem Public Library.  Salem Library is located at 585 Liberty Street SE, Oregon, 97301. The meeting will be held in the Anderson room A.

Directions to Salem Public Library

Change to hold limits

posted Oct 12, 2012, 10:35 AM by Doug Yancey

In order to keep the libraries’ workflows manageable under reduced staffing, CCRLS will be lowering the holds limit for individual patrons to 25 holds at one time. This change will take effect November 1, 2012. Existing holds will not be affected.  Thanks for your understanding.

Low-cost, high-speed internet

posted Oct 10, 2012, 9:25 AM by Doug Yancey

Several new programs designed to bring cheap, high-speed internet to low-income Americans are now available and others are coming soon. is offering an easy-to-understand guide to all the benefits of all these programs. “Connect2Compete announced that in September it’s rolling out cheap, high-speed, broadband internet access for the nation’s needy,” said Editor Mark Henry. “It’s a great program designed to reduce the digital divide between rich and poor.” PLA is helping public libraries prepare for the launch of the Connect2Compete initiative this fall.

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