Library Testing New eBook App

The Palo Alto City Library is beginning public testing of SimplyE, a single app for accessing eBooks and Audiobooks from multiple digital book providers. For years, our customers have had to download multiple apps (like Overdrive, Axis 260, etc) to enjoy our collections of digital books, greatly complicating the online library experience. Thanks to ground-breaking…
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Special Holiday Hours

All branches will close on Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st. The Downtown, College Terrace, and Children's branches will also be closed from December 24th through January 1st. You can elect to change your pick up location for pending holds to the Mitchell Park or Rinconada branches by logging in to your account below. If not changed…
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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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