The Palo Alto library system will be transitioning to a new online services platform and will suspend its inter-library book-borrowing service, LINK+, on Friday, Nov. 20, until Feb. 1, 2016, to allow time for data cleanup and migration, according to an announcement.
The Sierra Services Platform, which will replace the current SirsiDynix's Horizon Integrated Library System, will integrate LINK+ checkouts and local library checkouts on one combined account.
The transition period will, at times, have an effect on various library services, according to the announcement. The new platform is scheduled to go live in early 2016.
The last day to request books from other library systems through LINK+ is today, Nov. 19. Patrons can continue to request books within the Palo Alto library system as usual. Books already requested via LINK+ will continue to be processed normally and books already checked out via LINK+ is due back by the normal due dates.
For urgent requests, library patrons can use the LINK+ service at neighboring libraries such as the Mountain View Public Library and the Sunnyvale Public Library, according to the announcement. There is no charge to get a borrower's card at these libraries.
For more information about LINK+ and the new Sierra Services Platform, visit cityofpaloalto.org.