About the Library Catalog

Why a new Library Catalog?

The design goals for the new Library Catalog were drawn from an extensive series of interviews with UChicago faculty and students, conducted to ensure that the new tool will meet the needs of researchers. The new Catalog design retains all of the functionality that patrons identified as valuable in the existing system and adds new features requested during interviews.

Features of the Library Catalog

Coming soon

We have heard your requests, and will be continuing development of the catalog. Features still under development include:

Outstanding Issues

We are currently aware of several outstanding problems with the Library Catalog:

The resolution of these issues will likely take several weeks. In the interim, researchers may still use Lens to find items and item information.

Need to retrieve saved records from Lens or the old Library Catalog

If you have saved catalog records in Lens using the MyDiscoveries feature, we can migrate your records and lists to the new Library Catalog upon request. You may place requests for migration through September, after which this data may become unrecoverable.

If you have saved records in the old Library Catalog, unfortunately, we cannot offer an automated migration of these lists. Please contact us if you have concerns regarding this.

With what software is the catalog built?

The web interface to the catalog is built using VuFind, an open source discovery system developed and maintained by Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library.

Much of the data searched in the catalog resides in Kuali OLE, an open source library management system for which the University of Chicago Library is a development partner.