Long Beach libraries were closed Tuesday, and when they opened a new software system was ready for staff and public use.

The Long Beach Public Library introduced a new automated software system that officials said will be used to manage and reconcile library user accounts, provide the online catalog, track the purchase of library resources, integrate the LB Digital Archive and check out library material.

“This technology will allow us to be more efficient and track our resources better,” Mayor Bob Foster said in a statement. “The new software will monitor circulation levels of titles system-wide and in each library, and better track funds spent on each category or genre.”

With the addition of this software system, all the libraries in Long Beach will have enabled self-check out. The system upgrade is on an open platform, officials said, which will allow for easier customization and configuration without paying additional programming fees.

Staff was trained on the new system Tuesday during the library shutdown. Patrons can manage their account anytime at www.lbpl.org or by using the free “Go Long Beach Public Library” mobile phone app.

—Jonathan Van Dyke

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