The Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries will be closed Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 to allow library staff to get a new circulation, acquisitions, and materials management system ready for launch on April 25.

In addition to the closure, the catalog will also be offline, and patrons will not be able to place holds on any items from home April 22-24. For online access to eBooks and eAudiobooks, patrons can download or stream titles for free from Hoopla, OverDrive, and Enki, which will remain available and can be accessed here.

Bywater Solutions, the new software used by the Black Gold member libraries, will be transferring all of the data into the new computer system, and to do this, all activity must be paused until the transfer is complete. Access to the online catalog will resume Monday, April 25, and the libraries will reopen to the public on Tuesday, April 26.

The new software will be used by library staff to check materials in and out, run reports, help manage patrons’ accounts, and other common functions. Library users should not notice a significant difference when they log into their accounts, but they should be prepared for two minor changes:

The PIN number for all library accounts will be automatically reset to the last four digits of the phone number on file. If you do not have a phone number on file, your PIN will be reset to 1234. When accessing the Black Gold app, patrons will be asked to sign in with their library card number and PIN.

Direct questions to your local library branch.

In other news, the Goleta & Santa Ynez Valley Libraries will be extending their operating hours starting the week of May 2

“After two years of limited service hours due to the pandemic, we are excited to be expanding our hours to serve a greater number of residents in our community,” said Allison Gray, Goleta & Santa Ynez Valley Libraries director.

Patrons can visit the following five library sites during their new operating hours beginning the week of May 2:
 
Goleta Valley Library
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday
10 am.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
1-5 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday
 
Buellton Library
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Closed Sunday and Thursday
 
Solvang Library
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday
 
Los Olivos Library
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
 
Santa Ynez Library
1-4 p.m. Saturday
 
Learn more about the Goleta & Santa Ynez Valley Libraries at www.GoletaValleyLibrary.org.