Library Offers New Author Alerts! Service

The Rochester Hills Public Library is excited to announce its newest service, Author Alerts! This service sends an email or text message alert to patrons when RHPL orders a new book by their favorite authors.

“We think our library customers will really appreciate receiving up-to-the minute alerts about new books that are added to our collection,” remarked Library Director, Christine Hage. “It’s also a great way to make sure that library users don’t miss new books by authors they love who don’t appear on bestseller lists. Patrons often have no reliable way of finding new titles by less popular authors without frequently checking the library’s catalog.”

To use the service, patrons should visit to sign up for an account. After registering with an email address or cell phone number, patrons use a simple online form to enter the names of their favorite authors or performers. When a new title is ordered by the library, Author Alerts! sends an email or text message to the patron.

Notifications are sent as soon as a new item has been ordered by a librarian. Email messages include more detail about the title and a direct link to the RHPL’s online catalog, where a patron can immediately place a hold on a new item. In addition to authors, patrons can place alerts on performers, musical groups, and film studios by typing the name in the “last name” box. Library users can set up an unlimited amount of alerts and even select their favorite format for alerts.

“I’ve received countless requests from customers asking for a service like this. We were so excited to finally find a company that provides this service in an extremely easy-to-use package” said Adult Service Manager, Rebekah Craft. To receive a hands-on introduction to the service, Craft encourages library users to visit the second floor reference desk to have a librarian demonstrate Author Alerts!.

The Rochester Hills Public Library is located in downtown Rochester off of University Drive and 3 blocks east of Main Street. The library is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday. The library’s website, has information on how to register for a card and access all of the library’s services.

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