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About Library Connection and CONNECT

What are Library Connection and CONNECT?

Library Connection is a non-profit cooperative of 30 public and academic libraries which share an integrated library system (CONNECT) and other technological innovations that improve the delivery of services. Library Connection and CONNECT are the successors to CircCess, which was started in 1979 by approximately 10 libraries in the greater Hartford region. CircCess was one of the first groups to combine the collections of public and academic libraries on the same automated library system.

What does CONNECT do for libraries?

CONNECT provides libraries with:

  • A shared, integrated library system for circulation, cataloging, serials check-in, and academic reserves
  • Automated statistical reports of community borrowing and library usage
  • A large shared collection of downloadable audio books, ebooks, and videos that is fully integrated into the online catalog
  • An automated cataloging process that enables member libraries to have the materials they purchase automatically cataloged
  • A method to share collections quickly and easily via an efficient method of InterLibrary Loans that can be initiated by patron- or staff-placed system holds
  • Email patron notifications
  • Staff expertise, training, consultation, troubleshooting, and customization services
  • Telecommunications management and support

What does CONNECT do for patrons?

CONNECT allows patrons to use the Internet to:

  • Search CONNECT's online public catalog to find library and downloadable materials, read reviews, and determine availability
  • Search the collections of other Connecticut libraries with web-based catalogs
  • Search databases to find citations and full-text articles on a wealth of topics (business, health, current events, etc.)
  • Place holds on the materials of any public member library and have the materials delivered to their home library for pickup
  • Review and manage their accounts, including holds, checkouts, and renewals at all CONNECT libraries
  • Check CONNECT libraries' phone numbers and hours

Where can libraries get more information about Library Connection and CONNECT?

Contact: George Christian
Executive Director
Library Connection, Inc.
599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
860-298-5328 (Fax)