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


PRESS RELEASE 01/13/2015
Subject :

Fine Free Period for Libraries Extended until Feb. 14
Contact : Eric Howard, Assistant Library Director, Palo Alto Library    (650) 329-2668
Palo Alto, CA—The City of Palo Alto Libraries instituted a fine free period for all of its branches in preparation for the grand opening celebration of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center.  In anticipation of the grand opening of the new Rinconada Library on Valentine's Day, the Library is extending its fine free period until Feb. 14, 2015. 

The Library is extending the fine free period in order to ease the move into the new Rinconada Library, and as a way to assist customers during the transition from the temporary location, which is closing on Jan. 7, 2015.  After the closure of the temporary main location, items can be returned to any of the other branch locations, and to the manual bookdrop outside of the Rinconada Library beginning on Jan. 8, 2015.  Extending the fine free period will also assist customers with the transition to the new hours of operation, which can be found at

If you have requested a popular book, there should not be a longer wait than usual. Some people will return books before the due date, the library is leasing more books when the system identifies a higher demand on particular titles, and other requests can be made through LINK+, which allows customers to borrow many more titles from outside the library system.  

The library also provides access to multiple online sources for electronic books, music, movies, and magazines.  The library’s rich resources extend well beyond its walls and can be accessed when the library is closed.  These items can be accessed at

Please join the celebration of the new Rinconada Library on Valentine’s Day.  For more information on the opening of the new Rinconada Library, visit