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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 12/17/2013
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library to NY Times Readers: We Have It!
Contact : Diane Lai, Division Head, Information Technology & Collections, Library    (650) 329-2517

Palo Alto, CA – It happens every December: the editors of The New York Times Book Review compile a list of “100 Notable Books” published during the year. And every December, the staff of the Palo Alto City Library compares the list to the books that the library has acquired throughout the year.

In 2012, the library did better than it ever had before, with 99 of the 100 titles appearing in its online catalog. But this year, a new benchmark was established when the count revealed that all 100 of 2013’s “Notable Books” are in the library’s catalog. There are also 30 of the titles available as eBooks as well.

“This is good news for our patrons, who rightly expect their library to provide them with the best reading available,” said Library Director Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne. “The collection-development librarians and acquisitions staff did a great job of responding to what the community has told us they want the library to carry.”

In addition to the The New York Times notable books, the library staff is always eager to hear what books and programs the community would like them to carry.  Visit us online at, or at one of five locations.