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You Wish, We Listen!

Surpass 6.20 contains many new features and enhancements taken directly from the Wish List, including two of the most often-requested features: the ability to attach your own cover art to materials and options to alert you when a patron's family member has overdues or fines.

Custom Cover Art

While the comprehensive Safari Selections database includes book jacket images for virtually all widely available books, you may have some items in your collection that don't have a matching cover art image from Safari Selections. These could be non-book items such as DVDs, older items, regionally published books, obscure titles, and so forth.

Cover Art

Using the Cover Art feature, you can add your own cover art image for any item in your Surpass database. These will be displayed to you and your patrons in Surpass Central, Self-Check, and Safari. It's as easy as drag & drop or copy & paste.

You are not limited to using this feature for just cover art. You could also use it to attach any images such as a photos of cataloged equipment, artifacts, artwork, etc.

Family Relationships

The new Family tab in Patrons allows you to view and edit family relationships for the selected patrons. Besides helping you and your staff members to better know your patrons, these relationships can be used to set up circulation alerts to notify you at the circulation desk when certain family members have overdue items or unpaid fines.

Family Relationship

Other Enhancements

Some of the other Wish List-inspired enhancements include:

  • New e-reader and tablet (iPad) category icons
  • Easier-to-read Codabar barcodes
  • E-book and other links in Safari search result lists
  • Lock MARC records to prevent editing by other locations
  • LC Call Number Divisions report by subclass
  • Unused Barcode report by Codabar location code
  • Separate security level for publishing book reviews

Surpass 6.20 includes many other enhancements and bug fixes. Select your software from the Download Updates & Documentations section on the left to see the complete "What's New" list.

Important: Surpass 6.20 upgrades your database irreversibly  making it incompatible with older versions of Surpass applications. You must upgrade all Surpass applications at the same time. If you are using Safari Web Edition and/or Centriva Server, please ask your network gurus to update those servers before you update your Surpass applications. All of these updates are available here on

As always, make sure you have a good backup before installing any update.

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