Service And Programs

CENIC Broadband

All PLP public libraries are eligible to join CENIC, a dedicated network for libraries and universities. Libraries apply through a grant process and can be awarded funds to assist in upgrading network servers, routers and infrastructure to connect. Libraries generally connect at speeds between 1G and 10G. More information can be found at

System membership includes delivery services for library materials so that your residents can return materials to other libraries. In addition to the improved service delivery, economies of scale, and efficiencies gained by the consolidation, now your residents can borrow from any public library in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Monterey counties. Without system membership, other libraries can impose a non-resident fee on your residents in order to obtain a library card to borrow materials or use their libraries. Your residents would not be able to return materials to other libraries.

Leadership Programs for Executive and Middle Managers
PLP is very proud of its signature Leadership programs for Library Directors, Assistant Directors, and Mid-Managers. These programs bring together library staff from member libraries to share ideas, issues, and hear and learn from leaders in libraries, government and the private sector. An intensive program that runs from January to December, the program focuses on improving problem solving skills, understanding the big picture of the environment in which libraries operate, and strengthening professional networks.