Libraries Australia Search Service - Stage 1 Release Complete

The first stage of the new Libraries Australia Search (the new Z39.50 interface and Search database for most z39.50 ports) was completed on 8 July as planned, and we are now able to confirm that the next two stages of the release will be implemented next week on the dates previously advised:

Stage 2 -   15 July

The second stage of the release will be the production release of:

  • the new LA Search user Interface
  • an update to the LA Administration service; and
  • an update to the Record Export Service (RES)

As well, the following remaining Z39.50 ports will be moved to the new database:

  • (Unicode standard output)

The changeover to all of the above is planned to occur on Tuesday, 15 July between 8AM - 9AM (AEST).

During this time, Libraries Australia Search, the RES user interface, LA Administration and Z39.50 access will be unavailable.

Saved records and saved queries will be migrated to the new system. Saved queries will be converted from the CCL query language to the Solr Query language with a few exceptions - where the original query syntax was not valid, we have been unable to convert the query and it will remain in CCL. In these cases, when you run the query you will get an error or no results. If you encounter this, and would like some help, please give the Help Desk a call on 1800 026 155.

The connection details for each of the Z39.50 targets available to our members through our Z-Gateway will remain the same, with the exception that uppercase “ANY” can no longer be used for ANBD Z39.50 targets. The connection details are available at .

The database names for the new database are:

  • "Bibliographic" or "any" (previously “ANY” – this will no longer work) for ANBD Z39.50 targets; and
  • "Authority" or "au" for Libraries Australia Authorities Z39.50 targets.

Please note that all database names and passwords will be case sensitive and it is very important when setting up your connection to enter this information exactly. If you have previously set up your connection as case insensitive then this will need to be updated. If you are updating, please use the “Bibliographic” and “Authority” database names if possible. Please note that any” and “au” will work for these Z39.50 targets, but they are legacy values.

Stage 3 -    17 July

The third stage of the release will be the production release of an update to Libraries Australia Products.  Libraries Australia Products will be unavailable on Thursday, 8 July from between 8AM - 11AM (AEST) to implement this release. During this time members won’t be able to access the Products request form.

There may be a minor variation to the timing of the running of products around this time to accommodate the release.


Please read the following documentation about using the new Search Service:

The Libraries Australia Search User Manual has been updated and will be available on the Libraries Australia website on 15 July.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk on 1800 026 155 or .

We apologise for any inconvenience during these final stages of the implementation.

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