News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 12/16/2013
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Brings Pioneering enki Library To Palo Alto’s eBook Readers
Too Many Good Books On Your Family And Friends’ Wish List This Holiday Season? Think Library.
Contact : Diane Lai, Division Head, Information Technology & Collections, Library    (650) 329-2517
Palo Alto, CA – Palo Alto City Library now offers its customers enki Library, the new eBook platform built and owned by California libraries. The new enki platform uses a pioneering eBook business model that allows libraries to truly own their eBooks. Unlike other eBook services for libraries that license eBooks as intermediaries for publishers, the enki collection consists of eBooks purchased directly from publishers, which include a variety of independent publishers such as Akashic, Independent Publishers Group, McGraw Hill, Poisoned Pen Press, Smashwords and Workman.

  • The enki Library adds 10,000 titles to the library's existing eBook collection of over 130,000 titles provided by our other two eBook services, OverDrive and Axis 360. With enki’s independent content, the library eBook collection is enriched as readers discover new authors and find unexpected new favorites, thus complementing the content from major publishers.
  • This is the second eBooks service Palo Alto City Library has introduced in the last 14 months.
  • Currently, eBooks make up a small percentage of the library’s overall circulation of materials; however, they represent a growing trend. Circulation of eBooks increased by over 40% at the Palo Alto City Library since last year.

Easy to Use
  • Check out one of our Chromebooks or use your PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone or eBook reader.
  • After their due date, our free eBooks automatically check back in. No need to worry about fines.
  • Because the platform is built by libraries, enki provides libraries with more control to develop functionality from a library customer point of view.
Library Director Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne remarks, "We’re excited to support this new model for library eBooks. The enki library offers an ownership model that works for libraries while bringing independent publishers’ collections to our audience of readers."

Find enki eBooks at The enki Library was created by Contra Costa County Library and the Califa Library Group, a consortium representing 220 California library systems.

For more information about library eBooks in general, visit the library website, call 650-329-2436 or email