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New Library Catalog FAQs

Parkland Community Library has joined the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS), a growing group of libraries across the state sharing one online public catalog system. This system is known as SPARK.

We are excited for what the future holds now that we are a SPARK library and appreciate your patience as we all familiarize ourselves with the new system!

What are some of the benefits of SPARK?

  • Seamlessly use the new catalog on your phone, tablet, or computer.

  • Select your notice preference, including email, text, and/or phone call. Opt in for additional text notification for held items so you don’t ever miss a hold.

  • Coming soon, enjoy shorter wait times and increased access to a larger collection.

How do I access the catalog?

You can access the new catalog just like you accessed the old one, either by doing a search in the “Search The Catalog” box or by clicking the “My Account” button at the top of each page of our website.

Can I see my queue position on a hold I’ve placed?

One disadvantage of the new system is that neither patrons nor staff have the ability to access hold queue positions. SPARK uses a location based holds system that makes queue positions inaccurate.

How do notifications work?

You can receive your notifications via text message, email, or phone call. Please note that all notifications you receive from us will now reflect PaILS and/or SPARK.  

Will fines change with the new catalog?

Fines are now 25¢ per day/per item for books and 50¢ per day/per item for DVDs, CDs, audio books, and video games.

Other questions, comments, or concerns?

Please visit the Reference Desk to fill out a feedback card, email us at, or give us a call at (610) 398-1361 x16.

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