A Year in Review

Due to the pandemic and other expected changes in City revenues, resources have been limited across the organization. This includes The Library Department budget, which remains below pre-pandemic levels for Fiscal Year 2022 and has resulted in reduced staff and service hours compared to FY 2020. The unprecedented and challenging impact of COVID-19 pandemic prompted…
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Phased Re-opening Plan

The Palo Alto City Library is looking forward to phased reopening of our branches for browsing and pickups. Reopening under City, County and CDC guidelines is starting this month! Keep an eye out for updates and changes to Sidewalk Service as the Library reopens.  The Children’s Library will reopen to the public on Tuesday, April…
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Air Quality and Library Closures

The City is closely monitoring the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Palo Alto, and the Library is aligning with the City’s operational policies. The AQI is fluctuating between Yellow/Moderate to Red/Unhealthy today and is forecasted to remain at these levels through Friday, August 28. When air quality is Yellow, or Moderate, air quality is acceptable. However…
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New Card Holders Get Expanded Access

With the library closed, new card registrants have been unable to get full library privileges, until now. Starting today, the library is granting new card holders expanded access to many online resources without having to present a California ID in person. The expansion of privileges includes content such as: Axis360 eBooks and audiobooks Libby (Overdrive…
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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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