SJVLS services are provided to our member libraries or to the public on behalf of our members. For questions about the services, please contact your member library.

Information Service

The San Joaquin Valley Information Service was closed in the spring of 2012 due to a loss of funding and declining use. The following SJVIS tools remain available for the public to search:

  • The Song Index – an index of songs in the sheet music and song book collections of SJVLS and other participating reference centers.
  • Antique and Collectible Index – an index to articles in antique trade magazines. Currently unavailable, please contact SJVIS for assistance.


Database purchasing

SJVLS helps its members stretch the purchasing power of their budgets by cooperatively purchasing access to online databases and digital materials collections. See the Database subscription chart for databases and participating libraries.



Most materials owned by member libraries can be requested via ValleyCat for pickup at any other library. This service is partially subsidized by the CLSA Transaction Based Reimbursement program. Some materials are restricted from inter-library lending as shown in the loan rules chart.



The SJVLS delivery service, moves over a 1 million items per year between the member libraries. Deliveries are made to member headquarters on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Due to the increased volume of requests, sorting backlogs may delay arrival of your material. Delivery between each headquarters library and its branch libraries is provided by the member library.


Technology Acquisition & Support

SJVLS has a long history of supporting technology in the libraries, starting with the first shared library management system in 1981 and continuing today with cooperative purchasing projects such as

  • the shared Horizon integrated library system and its online catalog, ValleyCat
  • online paymetns of library fines and fees
  • PCReservation and LPT:One print management software
  • Website hosting utilizing the Drupal open source content management system
  • Email services
  • PC and peripheral bulk purchases
  • Software licensing
  • the data network, including telecommunications, Internet access, Internet content filtering, and traffic management


Grant writing

SJVLS solicits grant funds for cooperative projects when feasible. Past successful grant projects include eCommerce, Putting the Valley to Work (job search database), California Opportunities for Reference Excellence (CORE), CORE Online, Youth Services, Resource Sharing Grant (on behalf of the Heartland Regional Library Network), and a cooperative digitization project. Photographs from the project can be located in The Online Archive of California searchable image database.