Also, as part of the transition, certain services won’t be available on our website or at the branches this upcoming weekend. Specifically, you won’t be able to place items on hold or pay fines. Additionally, our self-check stations will be unavailable.
Finally, while we typically don’t need your library card to access your account, you will need your card on Saturday, May 4.
On Monday, May 6, all these services will be restored again as before.
CLEVNET is a consortium that allows libraries and its patrons to share more than 12 million items across 45 library systems and 12 counties in Ohio. The consortium already includes Cleveland Public Library and every other public library in Lake and Geauga counties. (There are nine others.)
Once May 6 arrives, you can:
- borrow materials, place holds and have items delivered to any of the participating CLEVNET libraries.
- return CLEVNET materials to any library in the consortium. Items will automatically be checked in at the returning CLEVNET library and sent back to the owning library.
- access new Research Databases for FREE, including Morningstar Investments and Reference USA.
- connect to its eMedia services. Clevnet offers one of the largest and most extensive collection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and streaming video.
Most of our digital services will remain the same. However, you may notice one subtle change with OverDrive – that you have more options than ever. You’ll now have access to the shared CLEVNET ebook collection, one of the largest in the country. But you’ll still get first priority on digital materials that Mentor Public Library purchases.
There are four other changes you’ll need to know about:
1. With the transition, you’ll need a PIN to access Overdrive and our web catalog. It’s an added layer of patron privacy and security.
We’ll automatically set one up for you using the last four digits of your phone number or your birth month and day. Once we transition, feel free to modify your PIN to anything you want. (Here’s a step-by-step guide to changing your PIN.) You’ll need to set up a PIN to access your library account online.
2. Also, you will have to choose which card you want to keep as your “home library.”
And there are some distinct advantages to sticking with Mentor. You’ll keep access to all of our digital services, including:
- Hoopla for streaming music, video and audiobooks, as well as ebooks and comics
- Freegal for music
- Kanopy for top-shelf movies and documentaries from around the world
- Flipster for digital editions of your favorite magazine
- Niche Academy for video tutorials on how to use digital resources, including social media
Also, you’ll maintain access to My Library Rewards which provides discounts on food, recreation, gym memberships, and more—just for checking out books, videos and other items from Mentor Public Library.
If you choose to make another library your “home,” you’ll lose access to these services unless the other library also offers them.
3. Our old app is no longer functional. Starting May 6, you’ll be able to use the CLEVNET app (available for Android and iPhone) to search the more than 12 million items available from the CLEVNET consortium, including ours.
4. Your reading history and reading lists will not cross over to your CLEVNET account.
Finally, if you still want access to SearchOhio and OhioLink, you can get a card to the libraries at Lakeland Community College and Lake Erie College without being a student. At Lakeland, you can get a Community Borrower card, which lets you check out up to five items at a time, for free. All you need is a photo ID with a current address. (If your ID doesn’t have your current address, just bring a utility bill that does.)