Welcome to Encore, our new online catalogue!


encore-7798What is the online catalogue and why did the Library change it?

The Library’s online catalogue is our Library search engine. It allows patrons to search all the materials we have available, find where they are located, place holds, and more.

Encore is an updated version of the online catalogue with a simplified look and many great new features. You will be able to click on one or more of the facets (filters) on your results page to quickly narrow your search by format, date, library branch, age group, language, and more. Explore My Library Bag where you can collect titles and then either place them all on hold at once, create a list such as To-Reads, or simply email the whole list of titles in your bag to yourself right away. NoveList Results means you’ll always find something great to read, with recommendations for similar titles and authors as well as reviews right in your search results. Finally, you can join the TBPL online reading community by writing your own book reviews and tagging titles to share your favourites with other Thunder Bay readers.

Very soon, you will be able to enjoy exploring Encore and all the new features! The original catalogue is also still available, and can be accessed at http://mycatalogue.tbpl.ca/search

What are some of the features of Encore?

  • A single search box provides a simple Google-like experience
  • Faceted Search results. Facets (filters) can be added to or removed from one's search in any order.
  • Tags to refine your search, which are subject headings found in search results displayed
  • Holdings information at the search results screen; no need to click away from the results list
  • RightResults relevance ranking bringing the most relevant results to you at the beginning of the results display
  • Ability to re-sort a result list by Title or Date
  • "Did you mean" function based on words and phrases found in our collection, which is superior to spell checking with a dictionary

Tutorial videos and FAQs arriving soon!