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Koha: Our New Catalog System

RI Libraries Catalog Update

Most Rhode Island libraries are part of a consortium that decides together on how best to serve state library users like you. Recently, we have agreed to migrate to a new catalog database system called "Koha". What does this mean to you? Below is a list of incoming changes in May 2023. If you have any questions or concerns on how things will transition, send an email to and we'll promptly assist you.

How The Update Affects You

The transition to Koha will migrate all patrons' library card accounts. We're working our hardest to make this swap the least inconveniencing as possible. Here's a quick guide to the changes you'll see:


  • Koha goes live on Monday, May 22.

  • If you visit the library on Wednesday, May 17 you must bring your card to checkout materials since our system will be down.

  • The library will be CLOSED on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 for staff training.

  • You WILL NOT be able to access the online catalog on May 18 through May 21.

  • You will see differences in our catalog interface when you go online and browse for materials to borrow.

  • Your PIN number will reset and must be changed.

  • "My List", "Preferred Searches", and all linked accounts will wipe. We recommend exporting these lists or writing them down!

  • NOTE: Your entire "Reading History" log WILL transfer over to the new Koha system!

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