The OPAC (Open Public Access Catalogue) was originally conceived and named thus for librarians using a Catalogue as a tool for searching. It was the main user interface for users wishing to search for materials in a catalogue.
Today, we strongly recommend using the Search Portal in preference to the OPAC for end users. It may also be preferable for administrative staff to use the Search Portal as well, given the improved performance, flexibility and scope of the Search Portal software that we now provide in the application.
The OPAC can be configured in System Management and as such requires an appropriate login and permissions to make changes
The main function is searching, but OPAC users potentially have access to the following additional features, depending on how the OPAC is configured:
- User request form - allows the user to send an unstructured message to the Library
- My Account (old) - allows the user to access their activities, loans, etc, within the system
- Self Issue - allows the user to lend catalogue resources to themselves, and optionally return them
- Submit records to the catalogue - allows the user to make interlibrary loan requests, enquiries, etc.
Configuration of the OPAC is explained in the following articles: