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Keep libraries the same

Posted: August 7, 2010 4:34 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

The editorial in Sunday’s Signal (“The city should take over the SCV’s libraries,” Aug. 1) makes it clear that the bottom line of the library takeover is cost savings, admirable during these economic times.

But has the Santa Clarita City Council considered the patrons? As an avid reader, daily user of the county online catalogue and weekly patron of the city’s libraries for 23 years, I am concerned.

Through the county system, I have 24/7 access to the catalogue and my account. I can find out how many copies of an item they have and where they are located. I can request a copy be sent to the library of my choice. I know immediately where I am on the hold list.

When my book is on its way, the system tells me it is “in transit.” When it is received, it tells me it is on hold, and how long it will be held (two weeks). I also receive an e-mail to tell me my book has arrived. When my books are within three days of being due, I get another e-mail reminder.

If you have looked at the Southern California Library Cooperative, you’ll see that it directs you to each library’s individual website. Will the Santa Clarita website offer all that the county’s system does?

Have you checked out Glendale’s interlibrary loan policy? They may charge postage and shipping fees, you may have to wait five to six weeks or longer and you cannot request books published within the past year — no new releases!

And from what I can tell, you have to call or go into the library to submit the form. Burbank charges patrons $1 for each hold. Will Santa Clarita do that?

I’m keeping my county library card, and may be visiting the San Fernando library to get my books. Anyone need a ride?

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