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Some library services unavailable Aug. 14-16

Viking Library System (VLS), headquartered in Fergus Falls, will be upgrading its Horizon library system August 14-16.

The upgrade will require the shutting down of the library catalog, circulation system, patron iPacs and access to the popular downloadable ebooks and audiobooks at the Douglas County Library during that time.

"Local member libraries throughout the system will remain open and library patrons will be able to check out and return books as always. However, catalog searching and ebooks/audiobooks will be unavailable," noted VLS Director Peg Werner.

The upgrade is necessary to both replace aging database servers and to upgrade the Horizon software in order to keep the system running well into the future.

Most of the software upgrades will benefit the librarians' ability to search for and track materials for library patrons. Some of the glitches that library users have reported will also be fixed in this upgrade.

Downloadable ebook and audiobook users with materials on hold may want to check the catalog on Friday, August 17 to find out if their books have become available while the system was down.

In addition to upgrading the hardware and software that runs the library catalogs, VLS is also upgrading the broadband access in each of the member libraries over the next few months.

Viking Library System serves Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties and the public libraries in Alexandria (Douglas County), Browns Valley, Elbow Lake, Fergus Falls, Glenwood, Hancock, Morris, New York Mills, Pelican Rapids, Perham and Wheaton.

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