SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Santa Clara County Library District is announcing a one-day closure of all its libraries for Tuesday, August 23, 2011. On that day, none of the libraries and online services will be accessible, so the Library District’s technicians can install Horizon software, a major technology upgrade that will enhance the District’s Integrated Library System and public access computer system.
Since District libraries will not be open for any onsite or online services, patrons are encouraged to use library resources before August 23, or wait until the next day before checking out or returning materials.
“One of the benefits that this new system will bring is that in the future the Library District will have the ability to perform more maintenance, remotely from the Library District Information Systems Office,” said Melinda Cervantes, Library Director.
“August is generally a slower time of the year, so this brief closure should have the least impact on Library patrons. Everyone still has a few weeks to check out and renew materials,” said Dion Bracco, Chair, County Library District Joint Powers Authority Board.
The Library District has made every effort to do the preliminary required prep work days before the actual closure, but since the maintenance and upgrading involves hardware and complex coordination between the vendor and the District in two different states, taking the system down temporarily was unavoidable.
During the past year, over 10,000 people per day visited Santa Clara County Library District locations in person, and over 7,500 visitors per day accessed the Library website from home, school, work, or a mobile device.
“We’re excited by the prospect of improving computer services for our residents,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Liz Kniss, Delegate for the County Library District Joint Powers Authority. “By closing the District libraries on August 23 we will avoid scheduling additional closures in the future for new upgrades.”
In the week following the closure, the Library will resume its usual busy schedule of activities with programs to include children’s story times, as well as Tai Chi, yoga, gardening, knitting, an art lecture, book discussions, computer tutoring, and a talk by local author Ying Ying Chang all scheduled at district libraries during the week of August 24-30.
About the Santa Clara County Library District
Established by the County Board of Supervisors in 1914, the Santa Clara County Library District serves residents of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. It also includes two bookmobiles and an online library. In 2010, the Library loaned over 12 million items to 3.8 million visitors.
Santa Clara County Library District collection includes 1.8 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks and extensive online resources that users can access from home or work.
To be eligible for a free Santa Clara County Library District card, people must reside in one of the nine cities that belong to Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority: Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga or in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. People living in the cities of Los Gatos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San José, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale will continue to have access to their own city libraries at no cost to them, and they will have the choice to purchase a County Library District card as a value-added service. The benefit of having a County Library card is that an individual or family may borrow up to 100 items at a time, per card from District libraries.
Santa Clara County Library District is one of the top 100 libraries in the United States. For eleven years, it has ranked as one of the best in the nation for its size by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings, which uses 15 different benchmark measures such as collections, circulation, visits and customer service. Also recognized as one of America’s 2010 Star Libraries by Library Journal and with more than 3.8 million visits each year, Santa Clara County Library is one of the most-used public resources in the region. Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at www.sccl.org.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; ; Melinda Cervantes/Derek Wolfgram, Santa Clara County Library District (408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3002
Posted: August 17, 2011