The Pacific Library Partnership is a consolidation of four library systems, BALIS (Bay Area Library and Information System), serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties; PLS (Peninsula Library System), serving San Mateo County; MOBAC (Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Library System), serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties; and SVLS (Silicon Valley Library System), serving Santa Clara County.
The purpose of this new consolidated regional system is to improve the services of its constituent member libraries by maintaining existing CLSA (California Library Services Act) programs, leading research and development efforts to ensure that libraries are best positioned to respond to demographic, economic, and cultural changes through innovative and collaborative approaches to programming and services and the enhancement of collective resource building and sharing.
This new system is part of a statewide effort as encouraged and supported by the California State Library to consolidate library systems throughout the state to achieve efficiencies and realize further economies of scale. There are currently fifteen systems in the state. Under the consolidation plan, ten of the fifteen systems in the state will be in three systems with five independent systems remaining at this time.
The PLP will develop broader goals and scope than the CLSA mandated programs in communications, delivery, and reference, which are legislated by current law. The consolidation will improve and enhance services. A local system may continue local best practices to meet its own needs. This may include committee structure and programs.