Effective February 1, 2010, the Palo Alto City Library implemented two important revisions to its loan policy. The new policy will now allow customers to renew unrequested items up to three times. Additionally, the loan period for DVDs has been extended from 1 week to 2 weeks.
The Library made these changes to its loan policy in response to a continuing increase in usage. More than 1.6 million items were circulated last year, an all time high. This year, Palo Alto City Library’s circulation is on track to reach a new record. Circulation in the last six months has increased 6.4% over the same period last year. According to a recent American Library Association report, The Condition of Libraries: 1999-2009, Palo Alto’s libraries are not alone in this trend. Libraries nationwide are struggling to adjust to the economic downtown that has resulted in budget cuts and staffing reductions while experiencing sky-high use by patrons.
"We hope that taking these steps will help us manage our increase in circulation and decrease in staffing levels, without significantly impacting our users," says Rose Sebastian, Circulation Services Supervising Librarian, "and we know that extending renewals and loan periods will be a welcome change for many of our customers."
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