About the Library Catalog
On September 25, 2015, the Library released a new version of the catalog, offering the following enhancements and new features to improve your search:
- You are now able to view your checked out items, renew selected or all items, view your holds and recalls, view your fines, etc. from My Account.
- Many more tables of contents have been added to records in the Catalog.
- Browse sorting of non-Roman text (e.g., Slavic, Hebrew) works better, regardless of the transliteration system used.
- Searches that return a single result automatically go to the full record.
- Stop words are no longer enabled in keyword searching. Previously, designated stop words (an, and, are, as, at, be, etc.) were ignored for matching purposes in keyword searching. With this function disabled, all terms entered are now considered for matching purposes.
For more information regarding the Library Catalog, view our help guide
Comments and questions about the Library Catalog can be submitted via our Catalog Feedback Form.
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.