Save a tree! Use email with KPL

Nov 25, 2008 11:17:17 AM


Kalamazoo, MI –

In the autumn Library Link newsletter, the library director’s notes on the back page described Kalamazoo Public Library’s efforts to reduce the library’s impact on the environment. KPL wants to invite patrons to help with this effort by using their email to communicate with the library.

Every day, the library sends 1,000 overdue and hold notices to KPL patrons. Patrons can help the library reduce that amount of paper messages by adding their email address to their library record. Here's how:

  • Give email address to check-out desk staff when they borrow materials
  • Provide email address by sending a message through the website contact form
  • Add email address to their own records by logging in to “My Account” and selecting “Change My Address Request.”

Patrons using email will receive a new courtesy alert—sent to patrons with email addresses ONLY—that warns them three days before the items they’ve borrowed are due. Plus, patrons using their email learn right away when the items they’ve put on hold are ready to be picked up—no more hold ups in snail mail!

Patrons who use email may also opt to receive the new e-newsletter—sent for the first time in November—as well as a wide variety of regularly published lists of new materials.

Patrons may be assured that KPL will never share their personal info with anyone. The library board of trustees has established several policies that guard patrons’ privacy:

Help KPL go green—use email!

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we all need free internet access
Its really useful if we do work with Patrons