Monday, August 1 will be the day that the Eckhart Public Library in Auburn and the Garrett Public Library make the transition to Evergreen Indiana (EI).
Evergreen Indiana is a statewide library circulation system. Joining EI gives Eckhart and Garrett patrons access to approximately 110 other library systems across the state and the nearly 7 million items that they own.
Staff at both the Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library have begun meeting to make plans for this shift in service. To prepare for the transition, both libraries will be closed on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30. During this time the staff will be trained on the new software and will make final arrangements for the migration.
Both libraries will reopen on Monday, August 1, but will delay that opening until 1:00 p.m. This will give the staff additional time needed to prepare to welcome patrons to Evergreen Indiana.
Once the transition is complete, patrons will need to stop by their home library and get a new card. Once they have that in hand, they will be able to visit any of the other EI libraries in the area or all around the state. The materials can be returned to whatever EI library is most convenient. Nearby Evergreen Indiana libraries include: all DeKalb County libraries plus Angola, Kendallville, Rome City, Avilla, Ligonier, LaGrange, Columbia City, South Whitley and more. Eckhart and Garrett patrons will also be able to search the EI online catalog, place holds on books and audio books at any other Evergreen Library, and have them sent to their home library for pickup.
Patrons can easily manage their accounts online, with the ability to place holds on items and renew items that are currently checked out. In the weeks leading up to the August 1 transition, information will be available for patrons so that they will be familiar with how Evergreen Indiana works, and will be ready to take advantage of it as soon as it goes live.