New changes to the SNAP consortium - FAQs



Napa Valley College and Solano College libraries are leaving the Solano, Napa and Partners (SNAP) Consortium, effective June 17.  Materials from the College libraries will no longer be available through the SNAP catalog.  Solano County Library, Benicia Public Library, Dixon Public Library, and St. Helena Library will remain as a consortium and continue to share materials.  The consortium will have a new name soon.


Beginning in mid-May, the College libraries will begin separating their materials and customers from the shared SNAP catalog.  By the end of June, materials owned by the College libraries will no longer show up in the SNAP catalog.



I have a library card from one of the libraries remaining in the consortium, but I sometimes use the College libraries?  Do I need to get a Napa Valley or Solano College library card, too?


Yes, if you are a student at one of the Colleges, you will need to get a College library card in addition to your current library card.




What if I still have materials from the Colleges checked out on my library card on or after June 17? Can I return them to any library?


Yes, unless they are checked out on one of the Colleges’ library cards.  If they are, after June 30, those items need to be returned to the College library.




If I have a Napa Valley or Solano College item checked out can I renew it?


You will be able to have the item for the normal 3 week loan period.  Because the Colleges want to retrieve their materials in a timely fashion, after June 17 you will not be able to  renew any items belonging to the College libraries.  Talk to a staff person about your options.




I have a library card from one of the libraries remaining in the SNAP consortium, but pick up my holds at one  of the College libraries.  What will happen to my holds?


You will need to change your hold pick-up branch to a library remaining in the SNAP consortium.  If you wish to continue using the Napa Valley or Solano College libraries, you will need to speak to library staff at one of the colleges.




What if I have a hold on a title that only the Colleges own?


SNAP staff is purchasing some titles that only the College libraries own in order to fill some outstanding customer holds.  If we are unable to purchase a title, your hold will be cancelled and you will be notified by email if you have an email address in your customer record. Talk to a staff person about your options.


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