The purpose of the Zip Books program is to provide patrons with speedy access to materials they might not otherwise be able to get through the library, without the long wait times often associated with interlibrary loan requests. It also adds a patron-driven collection development approach to a library’s usual process, resulting in a collection more closely matched to the needs of the local community.
About the Program
The Zip Books program is an alternative model for interlibrary loan service that bridges the gaps between a library’s patron request service, a normal acquisitions process, and an outreach/home delivery service. It is based on a project called “Zip Books—Digital Library of Northern California,” conducted by the Butte, Shasta, and Humboldt County Libraries under a FY 2011/12 LSTA grant from the California State Library. The Zip Books program is currently supported with California Library Services Act funds from the state of California.
Under the Zip Books program, patrons request books that the library does not own. The library then orders the book from Amazon, and the book is shipped directly to the patron’s home. When the patron is finished with the book, the book is returned to the library and added to the collection.
Eligibility and Funding Priority
Priority for funding the Zip Books program is as follows:
-All libraries that have previously participated in the Zip Books program, and all libraries previously added to the waitlist for the Zip Books program, will have first priority.
-All new requests for program participation from California public libraries will be considered if funds are available.
Libraries that have participated in the Zip Books program before will be allocated funds based on FY 2020/21 expenditures unless requesting a different amount in the Submittable application.
New applicants can apply up to $35,000 for books in tangible formats.
There are no match requirements for Zip Books, though it is expected that libraries provide staff time to run the program.
- Public Agency
The only eligible applicants are California public libraries. A public branch library should apply to participate through its jurisdiction, not as a specific location within the jurisdiction.
This opportunity is for public libraries in California.
Matching Funding Requirement:
There are no match requirements for Zip Books, though it is expected that libraries provide in-kind staff time to run the program.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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