New in LibCal: the Hours Module is here!

Unlike our last post, this post is no joke! We’re really excited to announce a big new LibCal feature – the Hours module is here! We’ve fielded lots of questions from LibCal users on customizing the calendar display to show open hours for libraries and library departments. We decided to create a new module in LibCal just for this purpose – hence, the Hours module was born!

Here’s a quick overview of the new features – for detailed instructions, check out the new help guide on Using LibCal Hours:

  • Hours Templates – Simplify the process of displaying library hours – create templates for different libraries, services, branches, and time periods (like Semester Hours, Holiday Hours, etc.).
  • Open Past Midnight? – No problem! The Hours Module handles any and all time spans with ease.
  • Manages Multiple Locations & Services – Our new tools help you set up and manage multiple locations and departments.*
  • Widgets & APIs – This is where the magic happens! We’ve created a bevy of new Widget and API options to help display your library hours anywhere, including:
    • Today’s Hours – Live in the now! Display today’s hours with a simple API call.
    • Weekly Grid View – Show hours for multiple libraries and locations in one beautiful display.
    • Monthly Calendar View – Display a full month’s hours on one screen.
    • Weekly/Monthly View – One calendar to rule them all. Combine the weekly and monthly views in one widget, and include location and directional info too! Here’s a screenshot:

Hours Module

Ready for a better way to manage your library hours? Head to Admin Stuff -> Hours to get started! For more help with setting up this new feature, head to our help guide. And as always, thanks a million for your ideas and feedback!

*Sites on any of our paid pricing tiers have access to unlimited libraries and departments; 3-for-free sites can manage hours for a single library.

5 comments

  1. Lesley says:

    I’ve just tried this – some of the widget codes don’t seem to work; I just want to show Today’s Hours, and the generated code is http://api.libcal.com/api_hours_today.php?iid=45&lid=203&format=html but that shows as the text rather than the actual library hours. Am I doing something wrong? (though don’t think so, as the weekly one works, but that’s too wide to fit in the space I have available).

    • sarahpawlek says:

      Hi Lesley –
      It sounds like you need to adjust the Request Format on your API call. There are 4 choices listed on that screen – what you described sounds like the HTML option:

      HTML: For processing via a web-script (PHP, ASP, AJAX, etc) or embedding directly in the page using an iframe.
      Javascript: Adding to page as JavaScript include.
      JSON: For processing via a script.
      XML: For processing via a script.

      You’ll want to select the Javascript option from the dropdown, then click “Generate Code/Preview”.

      Hope this helps! -Sarah

  2. Lesley says:

    Thanks – just discovered that myself. It worked 🙂

  3. I’m getting the library name and the hours all run together on a single line:
    Jack C. Taylor Library7:30am – 5pm
    Is there a way to insert a or (better yet) omit the library name altogether?

    • Anna says:

      Hi Rebecca –
      Apologies for the delayed response! I see you wrote in to our support team about this, which is exactly what I would’ve suggested. 😉
      Have a great day!
      Anna 🙂

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