February 20, 2009 -- Emeryville, CA. The Palo Alto City Library (CA) has joined LINK+, a direct consortial library borrowing system driven by Innovative's INN-Reach solution. The Library will use LINK+ in conjunction with their current integrated library system, Horizon, provided by SirsiDynix.
"Although Palo Alto is a smaller-sized city of 63,000 residents, we circulate 24 items per-capita each year," says Library Director Diane Jennings. "Because of the high demand for materials, we cannot purchase the breadth of what our users want. LINK+ will help us meet the challenge of serving a highly educated and engaged community by making requesting from a large pool of materials simple. We also know that providing an item through LINK+ will be less costly and much faster than traditional interlibrary loan."
Jennings continues: "Our ability to add to our book collection is limited by the physical size of our five branches, which currently total only 53,000 square feet. We have plans to renovate four of our branches in the next two years and add shelving capacity. While these libraries are under construction, LINK+ will help us compensate for a portion of our collection that will have to be in storage!"
INN-Reach, the system behind LINK+ resource-sharing, was born out of the need to make resource sharing faster and more cost effective. Traditional interlibrary loan, for example, often meant that patrons would have to wait a week or more to receive an item. Interlibrary loan represented a considerable cost to the library and commercial document delivery options were even more expensive. First launched to run OhioLINK, the INN-Reach family has grown to 24 systems in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.
The experience of customers over more than a decade and independent research sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries1 gives proof positive that INN-Reach is indeed as fast and cost effective as it appeared to be from the start. Across the board, usage of these systems continues to grow, boosting libraries' presence online, and bringing patrons back inside their doors.
1Association of Research Libraries (ARL) (2004). Assessing ILL/DD Services: New Cost-Effective Alternatives.
About Palo Alto City Library
Palo Alto City Library has the sixth-highest circulation per capita of the 179 public library systems in California and circulates over 1.5 million items each year. The Library serves its 63,000 residents with books and media, programs, online resources, at five branch-locations. Over 2,800 people visit the Palo Alto City Library each day. In November 2008, Palo Alto residents passed a local ballot measure that will provide $76 million to upgrade and renovate three of the five libraries in the system.
Driven by INN-Reach, Innovative's direct consortial borrowing solution, LINK+ spans California and Nevada, providing web-based access to over 30 million items. Since its inception in 1994, LINK+ has grown to 49 public and academic libraries providing expanded resource options to their users at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional interlibrary loan.