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Library Purchasing Guidelines for Authors & Publishers

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The Bellingham Public Library receives many inquiries from authors, artists, publishers, and publisher's representatives to add their materials to the library collection. The Library will consider recently published materials for the collection that meet the selection criteria as described in the Collection Development Policy.

The Library routinely acquires materials from trade publishers that fit the Library's collection development policy and selection criteria. The Library generally does not add self-published titles to the collection. Self-published materials may be acquired when they include unique local content and fit the scope of the Library's collection policy.

The Library is more likely to consider adding a title to the collection if it has been well reviewed in a major journal and/or news media. These journals include, but are not limited to Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus, Publisher Weekly, VOYA, Horn Book, and Booklist.

The Library purchases through established vendors (e.g., Baker & Taylor, whenever possible.

Donating Materials

Donated items are subject to the same selection criteria as material the Library purchases. Materials not added to the Library's collection are forwarded to the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library for sale. Materials not sold are placed on the free shelves in the Lower Lobby of the Central Library.

See the Library's Materials Donation Policy for more information.

Contacting the Library

In the comments field, please include:

Please do not send a review copy. Any review copies received will be treated as donated items. They cannot be returned. Send a flier or promotional materials to:

Bellingham Public Library
Attn: Collections Department
210 Central Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98227

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