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


PRESS RELEASE 03/31/2009
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Introduces New Link+ Service
Expands Access to Millions of Books
Contact : Rose Sebastian, Supervising Librarian    650-329-2478

Palo Alto, CA – Customers who want to borrow books that are not available through the Palo Alto City Library catalog have a new option. Palo Alto City Library has joined LINK+, a cooperative project of more than 50 public and academic libraries in California and Nevada that have agreed to share their book collections. The LINK+ service is a fast, web-based way for Palo Alto Library cardholders to search for books in one combined catalog representing the cooperating libraries’ collections. LINK+ items are available for loan at no charge to the customer.

LINK+ is conveniently available from the Palo Alto Library catalog. If a book cannot be found in the catalog, the customer can click on the "LINK+" tab to search the combined catalog. If the book is available through LINK+, it can be immediately requested by the customer using their Palo Alto Library card. The book will be delivered directly to the Palo Alto Main Library, usually within a week. And, customers can monitor the status of requests in their LINK+ account on-line.

"While the excellence of the Palo Alto City Library collection is demonstrated by our exceptionally high per-capita circulation of items, our community needs access to an even broader collection than we can purchase and house in our current library buildings," says Library Director Diane Jennings. "Our participation in LINK+ allows readers and researchers to connect with the books they need using an easy, self-service, fast and free method."

The Library’s LINK+ service is a two-year pilot project funded jointly by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library and the City of Palo Alto.

For more information, please visit the Library web site and the LINK+ web site