New Publisher Terms Impact Access

Recent decisions by publishers are impacting the Library’s ability to meet customer demand for eBooks. When major publishers sell eBooks to libraries, each has its own licensing terms. Some allow perpetual access to purchased copies but charge a higher amount for each purchased copy. Some charge less per copy, but limit how many times a…
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Library Wins Top Innovator Award

The Urban Libraries Council has awarded the 2019 Innovation Award to the Palo Alto City Library for its robotics program. Since 2016, the eLibrary team has provided national leadership in library robotics. We are very pleased with this recognition of our work. "Robotics in libraries demonstrates how a public library can prepare the community for…
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Vintage Media Lab

Coming September 2019! This new service will provide equipment to digitize all of your memories that are in old formats, including photo slides, VHS tapes, 8mm video tapes (Video8/Hi8/Handycam), and Super 8 or 8mm film. More equipment to digitize photos, cassettes, and vinyl albums are also on the way. Appointments will be available on Thursdays…
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Library Institutes Automatic Renewals

Palo Alto City Library will institute automatic renewals for its cardholders beginning Sunday, September 1, 2019.  Going forward, eligible items will automatically be renewed two days before their due date. The Library’s courtesy email notice will indicate the updated due dates of items that were automatically renewed. The new due date will be extended from…
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VR Hackfest

The eLibrary team at the Palo Alto City Library held a VR Hackfest on June 22nd, 2019 where participants created VR scenes and published them on the Distributed Web for the world to see. VR Hackfest Exhibit The Library will showcase the VR scenes and the underlying technology in an exhibit, which seeks to engage…
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eMagazine Changes

The Economist The Palo Alto City Library will be doubling online access for The Economist, available to our customers through the RBdigital app. To get started with RB Digital, see our RBdigital FAQs. New Flipster Titles We will also transition several eMagazine titles from RB Digital to Flipster beginning June 1, 2019. Back issues of…
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Election 2018

Finding neutral and unbiased information on the candidates and propositions on the ballot can be hard! Don't worry -- the library is here to help! Voter Registration To register to vote (by October 22!), check your voter registration status or polling place, or register to vote by mail, head over to the California Elections and…
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