New LibrarySearch Launching in June

The Bates Library is excited to share that this summer we will be migrating to a new library services platform, replacing our legacy search tools CBBcat and LibrarySearch+.

Our new platform will be called LibrarySearch and will provide a streamlined search interface for discovering and accessing the rich print and digital collections available from our library. 

Some improvements you will benefit from with the new LibrarySearch include:

  • Faster searching
  • A mobile friendly interface
  • Additional search features, filters, and browsing options
  • Single sign-on, so you can log on with the same credential you use for email and other services

As we approach our migration this summer, you should be aware of the following temporary service modifications related to the system upgrade.

  • Requesting materials from MaineCat will be unavailable beginning April 28
  • Requesting materials from Colby and Bowdoin will be unavailable beginning May 19
  • Until these services resume in the summer, library users can place Interlibrary Loan requests in place of MaineCat or CBBCat requests for any non-Bates materials needed
  • Any lists saved to your CBBCat account that you wish to retain should be exported and saved to import after our migration is complete. Consult a librarian if you have questions about exporting saved lists

A sneak peak demonstration of the new LibrarySearch will be held from 12-1pm on May 3 in Commons 201.  Lunch will be provided. Bates Community members who attend in-person are welcome to go through the line in Commons. Please register for the demonstration here.

Watch this site for future updates related to our migration, including links to training and documentation. If you have questions about the new LibrarySearch, please contact us at