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


PRESS RELEASE 06/16/2014
Subject :

The Library Helps Liberate Palo Alto's Past
Contact : Diane Lai, Division Head, Information Technology & Collections, Library    (650) 329-2517

Palo Alto, CA—The Library has made the complete holdings of the Palo Alto Live Oak (1896-1903) and Palo Alto Press (1901-1902) available online. Using state-of-the-art equipment, staff specialists have made it possible for users to conduct powerful searches on Palo Alto’s history.  The system adopted by the Library rivals many other digitalization projects in its search capability. 

Now anyone with Internet access can view, download and even print digital images for these two newspapers.  Soon, information seekers will no longer need to work with microfilm, reader/printers, or even visit the Library to explore many other primary sources that are unique to Palo Alto.  Capturing these two newspapers digitally is part of a long-range project to digitize the Library’s archival collections that are in the public domain.

“We are very excited about our new Digital Local History Collection,” said Library Director Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne.  “We are fostering the potential for an even deeper understanding and appreciation of our past.  In addition to archival newspapers, we will be digitizing historical books, images, maps and other documents, as well as digital content the Library creates to support its services and programs.  The fragile state of archival material is always a big concern for librarians and historians. Digitizing material not only dramatically improves your search capability; it also preserves the content too. We started with the old newspapers since they are the collection that is unique to Palo Alto.”

To learn more, visit the Library’s Digital Local History Collection at or click on the Digital Collection link in the online catalog (