Zip Books

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Closed (90 total applications submitted)
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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.

Grant Amount

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • 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.

Eligible Geographies:

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.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
February 2022
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
July 2021-June 2022

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

This project was supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

A typical payment schedule is as follows:

90% upon execution of the agreement and the State Library’s receipt of the awardee’s claim form; and 10% upon receipt and approval of the final reports.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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