Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, the leader in information technology for libraries, announced that San Francisco Public Library in San Francisco, California, has chosen to install the Millennium library automation system. They will be converting from their Sirsi Classic system.
"San Francisco is pleased to have selected Millennium as our new integrated library system," said Susan Hildreth, San Francisco City Librarian. "Millennium's ability to provide access to library information in multiple languages is a great system strength and will allow us to better serve the diverse residents of San Francisco. Our staff is looking forward to the implementation of the new system."
The San Francisco Public Library system, first established with a downtown reading room in 1879, consists of twenty-six branch libraries, two bookmobiles, and the Main Library. The present Main Library at 100 Larkin Street was constructed at a cost of $135 million with bond funds approved by San Francisco voters in 1988. Designed and built by James Ingo Freed of Pei Cobb Freed and partners, who also designed Washington's Holocaust Museum, the 376,000 square foot building opened in April 1996 with six floors above ground and one floor below ground.
The library system currently has a collection of approximately 2.2 million items, including books, videos, CDs, and audiocassettes. Special collections include: gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender; San Francisco history; African American interest; Asian interest; business; Latino/Hispanic interest; calligraphy; jobs and careers; patent and trademarks; performing arts; and much more. The library's new Millennium system will service San Francisco's 2.2 million volumes and an annual circulation of 6.3 million. The Web OPAC will be available twenty-four hours a day in English, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese.
"We are delighted that San Francisco has chosen Millennium. I believe our partnership with the San Francisco Public Library will prove to be mutually beneficial," said Jerry Kline, Innovative's Chairman and CEO. "Because of Innovative's proximity to San Francisco, many of our own staff-regular patrons of the library system-are extremely excited by the prospect of using Millennium at their local library."