Our New Catalog is Here!
Welcome to Aspen!
Some of you may have noticed that our catalog looks a little different now. Our previous catalog, Koha, is still there - hiding in the background but it has gotten a new interface called Aspen Discovery.
Why? Koha is a great system but Aspen allows us to offer you much more access and flexibility. For instance, your catalog log-in now gives you access to all of our online resources (Kanopy, Hoopa, Overdrive) without any need to go to another site! Searches are enhanced and allow you a much greater degree of control to find what you're looking for. Read on for a quick primer on using Aspen, and as always, if you have any questions, swing on by, call or email us and we'll do whatever we can to help!
The Aspen homepage gives you the option to browse New Fiction (Youth/Teen or Adult), New Non Fiction (Youth/Teen or Adult) or New Childrens Materials with clickable text links.
Please note, logging in to your account is the exact same as it was before. Click the sign in link to sign into your account, see your checkouts, maintian lists, and more. Your patron number is your username, and your last name (first letter capitalized) is your password. You can change your password if you want to. Remember that if you do change your password, we do not track or maintain any password lists here at the Library. Once you are signed in, you may also notice a link to Ancestry will appear near the top left of the Aspen homepage.
If you leave the search field blank and press enter, you'll find yourself in the catalog within a universal search for all materials.
Across the top of the results page, you will see all the materials available across the Southern New Hampshire Library Cooperative (Sandown, Atkinson, Plaistow) broken down by type of material: Books, eBooks, AudioBooks, Music, Movies. You can use these broad categories to narrow down your search a little.
But if you really want to refine your results, look to the left side of the page:
This is where you'll find ways to really narrow down your results to match your needs! Clicking on each grouping drops a menu that allows continued refinement of search results. For example, the following search is for Fiction, Adult reading level, available now at Sandown, new books, sisters.
You might also notice that results for Hoopla, Overdrive, and Kanopy can show using the eContent refinement. Aspen uses Single Sign On (SSO) technology to allow access to ALL of our resources from one single convenient place.
Enjoy! And remember to reach out with any questions!