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IDS Search Box

IDS Search Box

IDS Search is an easy-to-use discovery interface, based off the WorldCat Search API. With one search, you can view items available in your library, the IDS Project’s 50+ New York libraries and libraries worldwide. The interface empowers users to find what they need…fast. Using the IDS Project libraries scope, users can expect delivery of materials in 3 days or less!


IDS Search is rich with features, such as:

  • Refine or limit your search by format, popular titles, etc.
  • Search by related subjects with a click
  • Google Books full text and previews
  • Permalinks available to share items or even your search
  • “Get It” interlibrary loan request button that includes smart availability check of your llibrary
  • RSS updates of your search

Color configurations in the dashboard

Color customization is easy!

In addition to a great user interface, IDS Search comes with a dashboard that allows basic customization through simple controls, like uploading your library’s logo and switching colors for consistent branding. Have a design guru on staff? They have the ability to include their own CSS for extensive customization.

But wait, there’s more! IDS Search also comes with an interactive statistics package that will show you how often IDS Search is being used, what facets and indexes users use most and more.


Interested in IDS Search?

Currently, IDS Search is freely available to all IDS libraries. The availability lookup works with Aleph’s Z39.50 server and screen scraping Millennium’s catalog, though we’d be interested in developing more configurations. If you’re interested in joining IDS Search, please feel free to contact the IDS Search Manager.

IDS Search uses APIs from WorldCat, Google and Yahoo, as well as scripts to check availability in your local catalog. IDS Search is a cooperative project led by Mike Curtis, of SUNY Update Medical University, as a part of the IDS Project Technology Advisory Group.

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