Catalogue preview: frequently asked questions

1. Why does the Library  need a new catalogue?

Despite our best efforts in improving our existing catalogue over the last few years, our readers have continued to face issues accessing our collections. The new catalogue addresses these ongoing challenges and our vision is to enable readers to search and browse the Library's collections more easily, intuitively and enjoyably.

2. Will the new catalogue replace the existing catalogue? 

Yes, eventually. For now though the new catalogue is still in active development and only available as a preview.

We have released it for public testing to gather ongoing feedback that will help to inform future releases.

We will give you plenty of notice before we begin the transition to the new catalogue.

3. Is the new catalogue a completed product? 

No. We still working on many more features and are still actively adding new data to the site every day. Check out our roadmap for more information about what features are still to come. 

If there is a particular feature you would love to see, you can let us know by using the “have your say” function on the site.  

4. Why are some records missing? 

We are continually ingesting data into the new system which is a long process given the size of our collections! You can still search our entire collection through our existing catalogue

5. Why are some files, including images, missing? 

We are continually ingesting data into the new system which is a long process given the size of our collections! You can still find all our digital collections through our existing catalogue

Yes. Images can be downloaded at the highest possible available resolution through our new custom-built image viewer. 

Take a look at what images we already have available.

7. Does the new catalogue work on all internet browsers and devices? 

The new catalogue is responsive and works across all device sizes including desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. For an optimal experience please view our new catalogue using the Chrome browser.

We are currently aiming to support the most recent versions of all major devices, operating systems and browsers. If you’re having trouble accessing our new catalogue on your device, please let us know through the “have your say” button on the site. 

8. I found something that isn’t working quite right. What do I do? 

As our new catalogue is still in development it is possible that some features won’t be working quite right just yet. If something doesn't load correctly or doesn't seem to be functioning as expected, please refresh the page to see if that fixes the issue.  If it's still not working after refreshing please let us know through the “have your say” button on the site.  

9. I have come across some data that isn't accurate or doesn't match data from the existing catalogue. Why is that?

As part of this project we are working towards simplifying our data, using more reader-focused language and reducing the use of technical terminology. We're still working on getting the model right so some data might have inaccuracies at this stage. You can learn more about the data model we're working on or search for what you're looking for in our existing catalogue.

11. Will I be able to access other digital files like audio? 

Yes. There are already a few digital audio files available using our new custom-built audio player, like these interviews with Dawn Smith or Frits Van Hulssen.

12. What features are still coming? 

Lots!  Check out our roadmap to see what we’re currently working on.  

13. What happens to my feedback? 

We are capturing all the feedback you send through and will review each comment, question or concern. We will be responding to some feedback through our blog as needed and we may also get in touch with you directly if we need more information about your individual comments or questions.

Check out this blog post that explains in more detail how we're using your feedback.