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Release Date: 05/18/2010

The Seattle Public Library eliminates paper notices to patrons to save money

In an effort to help reduce operating expenses, The Seattle Public Library will stop generating and mailing paper notices to patrons beginning Thursday, July 1, 2010.

Megan Taylor, manager of Circulation Services, said more than 24,000 patrons receive paper notices to tell them about materials ready for pick up, fines and other Library account information.

"We estimate that nearly 150,000 paper notices are mailed out annually at a cost of around $60,000," Taylor said.

The Library has initiated a campaign to move people still receiving paper notices to email. "There are many advantages to receiving notices by email," Taylor said. "In addition to saving taxpayers money and conserving paper, patrons will get information about reserved items ready for pick up as soon as they are available. With paper notices, it can take several days. They can also receive the email notices at home or work."

To sign up for email notices, go to the Library Web site at www.spl.org, log into your account and add your email address to your profile. You can also talk to a Library staff member in person to have your notices switched to email, or call Borrower Services at (206) 386-4190.

Library account information may also be delivered to patrons through TeleCirc, an automated telephone system. Call (206) 386-4190 to sign up for TeleCirc.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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