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Phased Re-opening Plan
April 13, 2021
The Palo Alto City Library is looking forward to phased reopening of our branches for browsing and pickups. Reopening under City, County and CDC guidelines is starting this month! Keep an eye out for updates and changes to Sidewalk Service as the Library reopens.  The Children’s Library will reopen to the public on Tuesday, April…
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Modified Services During Air Quality Closures
September 11, 2020
Dear Library Customer, We hope this message finds you safe and well. The Library has been updating procedures for offering Sidewalk Services on days when the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches unhealthy levels. We previously sent a message on August 26 announcing our plan to close Sidewalk Services when the AQI reached 150. Because we’ve had to…
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Air Quality and Library Closures
August 26, 2020
The City is closely monitoring the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Palo Alto, and the Library is aligning with the City’s operational policies. The AQI is fluctuating between Yellow/Moderate to Red/Unhealthy today and is forecasted to remain at these levels through Friday, August 28. When air quality is Yellow, or Moderate, air quality is acceptable. However…
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New Card Holders Get Expanded Access
April 1, 2020
With the library closed, new card registrants have been unable to get full library privileges, until now. Starting today, the library is granting new card holders expanded access to many online resources without having to present a California ID in person. The expansion of privileges includes content such as: Axis360 eBooks and audiobooks Overdrive eBooks…
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Staying Informed About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 10, 2020
The City of Palo Alto has announced suspension of non-essential services, including the library due to Coronavirus (technical name COVID-19). The situation continues to evolve. Read about Using the Library During the Pandemic. Stay Aware & Informed Please visit the City's website for updates on this issue. The web page includes local developments and online…
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The Washington Post Online – Now Available
January 8, 2020
We are pleased to announce customers now have unlimited digital access to WashingtonPost.com from any internet connected device.
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Library Testing New eBook App
December 20, 2019
The Palo Alto City Library is beginning public testing of SimplyE, a single app for accessing eBooks and Audiobooks from multiple digital book providers. For years, our customers have had to download multiple apps (like Overdrive, Axis 260, etc) to enjoy our collections of digital books, greatly complicating the online library experience. Thanks to ground-breaking…
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Special Holiday Hours
December 19, 2019
All branches will close on Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st. The Downtown, College Terrace, and Children's branches will also be closed from December 24th through January 1st. You can elect to change your pick up location for pending holds to the Mitchell Park or Rinconada branches by logging in to your account below. If not changed…
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New Publisher Terms Impact Access
October 30, 2019
Recent decisions by publishers are impacting the Library’s ability to meet customer demand for eBooks. When major publishers sell eBooks to libraries, each has its own licensing terms. Some allow perpetual access to purchased copies but charge a higher amount for each purchased copy. Some charge less per copy, but limit how many times a…
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Library Wins Top Innovator Award
October 18, 2019
The Urban Libraries Council has awarded the 2019 Innovation Award to the Palo Alto City Library for its robotics program. Since 2016, the eLibrary team has provided national leadership in library robotics. We are very pleased with this recognition of our work. "Robotics in libraries demonstrates how a public library can prepare the community for…
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