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Palo Alto library cards now available from home

Palo Alto residents will now be able to register for city library cards from home with a new online registration offer, library officials announced.

Card registration is available online at the city's library Web site and requires residents to enter basic contact information and a personal identification number, according to library officials. Online registration forms are also available on any Palo Alto city library computer.

After submitting an application, residents are assigned temporary library card numbers valid immediately for use with the library's online database and online book hold. Temporary cards are good for 30 days.

Permanent cards can be retrieved with valid identification and proof of current address at any Palo Alto Library, library officials said.

For online library card registration visit http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/library .

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Posted by Not-Impressed, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2008 at 11:33 am

Libraries around the country at offering on-line registration for several years now. In fact, this sort of possible functionality has been waiting since the late 1970s to see the light of day, when microcomputers and modems began to appear in people's homes. It was just about thirty (30) years ago when BBSs (Bulletin Boards) pioneered the way to the World Wide Web (WWW).

And here we are in the Silicon Valley (where HP and Stanford started it all)--and the Palo Alto library is just now getting around to provide this clearly obvious feature for on-line library use.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Apart from the comment already made, this is a one time service for new residents, or at least new library users.

I have had my library card for years and this service does me no good. I don't think this is anything to write home about.


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