Catalogs

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The Menlo Park Library catalog includes items throughout the Peninsula Library System, plus all our eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Search the library catalog

  • Try our custom lists to use pre-made searches
  • Access your library account
  • Place holds on items throughout San Mateo County
  • Suggest that we purchase an item if Menlo Park does not own it 

 

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Menlo Park Library now has borrowing privileges with over 70 public and academic libraries across California and Nevada through our new LINK+ interlibrary loan service. (Not all libraries in the Peninsula Library System offer this service.) Menlo Park Library patrons now have access to over 11 million titles which you can request through the Menlo Park Library website. Your requested items will be delivered within 5-7 days to a Menlo Park Library for you to pick up.

See a step-by-step tutorial(PDF, 223KB) on how to place a hold using LINK+

LINK+ FAQs

What is LINK+ ?

LINK+ is a consortium of more than 50 public and academic libraries in California and Nevada that enables you to search its catalog and borrow member libraries' books.

How do I use LINK+ ?

  • Search for a book in the Menlo Park Library catalog
  • If your search results show that the book is unavailable at any of the Peninsula Library System libraries, click on “Try your search in LINK+” on your search results page.
  • When you locate the item in the LINK+ catalog, click the “Request” button. 
  • You will be asked, “With which institution are you affiliated?” Click the down arrow, select “Menlo Park Public Library”, and click the “Submit above information” button. 
  • Enter your name (first and last), and your Menlo Park Library card number (all 14 digits, starting with 29044). 
  • Select your pick-up location (Menlo Park - Main Library, Menlo Park – Belle Haven) and click the “Submit” button. You will see a confirmation message that your request was placed.

What does it cost to request a book?

The service is free.

How many LINK+ items can I borrow?

You may have a total of 25 items requested from the regular catalog or LINK+ at one time. You may check out a maximum of 50 items which includes items from LINK+ and from Peninsula Library system.

How long does it take for a LINK+ request to arrive?

Most items are received 4 to 7 days after the request is placed.

How can I check the status of my LINK+ request?

  • Log in to your library account. 
  • Click on “HOLDS” to see if your items are ready to be picked up.

How do I know when my LINK+ requests arrive at the library?

The library will call or email you when your item arrives. Once a LINK+ requested item has shipped, you can track the request through your regular Menlo Park Public Library card account.

How long is a LINK+ item held for me to pick up?

Books are held 10 days for you to pick up.

How long can I borrow LINK+ items?

LINK+ books are checked out for 21 days with the possibility of one renewal, depending on the lending library's policy.

Where do I pick up, check out, and return my LINK+ items?

All LINK+ items will be held at the Information Desk of the Library for which you requested pick-up. Library staff will pull your item and check it out for you. LINK+ items cannot be checked out on the self-checkout machines.

All LINK+ items must be returned to staff at the Information Desk. Please hand Link+ items directly to a library staff person at the desk. Returning Link+ items to any other library or in the book drop may result in late charges.

How do I renew a LINK+ item?

Most Link+ books can be renewed once if they are not in demand, and if the lending library's policy allows it.  

You can attempt to renew through the online catalog using the following steps: 

  • Log in to your library account.
  • Click on “Checked Out”. Your checked out items will be listed.
  • Select the item(s) you wish to renew by checking the box beside the title. You cannot renew items any sooner than 3 days before and no later than 2 days after the original due date.
  • Click the “Renew Selected” button. This does not automatically renew your item(s) but rather forwards a renewal request to the loaning library on your behalf. You must check your library account at a later time to see if the renewal request has been approved.
  • The item you’ve requested to be renewed will have one of these statuses:
  1. A New Due Date – Your renewal has been approved.
  2. Renewal Pending - Your request is still in process. Please check again at a later date.
  3. Renewal Denied - Your renewal request was not approved. Please return the item(s) by the original due date to avoid the $1 per day overdue fee.

Note: It may take several minutes for the LINK+ software to confirm your renewal. LINK+ items may not be renewed more than once, nor may they be renewed if someone else has requested them.

What are the fees for overdue, lost, or damaged items?

The overdue charge for a LINK+ item is $1 per day up to a maximum of $10 per item. The charge is $115 per item if you lose or damage a LINK+ book. Customers who lose a LINK+ item should contact Accounts at the Menlo Park Library by phoning at 650-330-2501.

How do I cancel a LINK+ request?

  • Log in to your library account.
  • Click on “HOLDS”.
  • Check the “Cancel” box next to the title of the request you want to cancel.
  • Click on the “Cancel” button to activate the cancellation.

Note: You cannot cancel a request that has been received or is in transit.