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New library system to end most fines, extend loan periods

A student looks at a book in Lockwood Library.

The new system being implemented by the UB Libraries on July 2 ends most fines for overdue books and quadruples loan periods for books and audio and visual materials.

By MARCENE ROBINSON

Published July 2, 2019

headshot of Nicole Colello-Klubek.
“The advanced technology and high-level features of the system will allow us to better support teaching, learning and research at the university.”
Nicole Colello-Klubek, head of delivery services and Libraries Services Platform Project lead

Goodbye fines for overdue library books.

The more than 60 SUNY libraries, including the UB Libraries, will unite under a single library software system and share catalogs, bringing sweeping changes to campuses across the state.

In addition to an end to most overdue fines, loan periods will quadruple from four weeks to 16 weeks for books, and from one week to one month for audio or visual materials.

The new system, provided by Ex Libris, a supplier of cloud-based solutions for higher education, takes effect July 2.

“Our new system strengthens and enhances library services at UB and across SUNY,” says Nicole Colello-Klubek, head of delivery services and Libraries Services Platform Project lead for UB.

“The advanced technology and high-level features of the system will allow us to better support teaching, learning and research at the university.”

Prior to the change, each SUNY institution operated its own system for library materials solely on its campuses. By sharing resources and information, the libraries can increase efficiency and lower costs.

Patrons will be able to quickly search for and borrow materials from any SUNY campus, and libraries staff will have access to robust analytics that allow for data-driven decisions.

The system will also introduce a modern interface and monthly updates that punch out new features and enhancements based on user feedback.