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SBPL’s Guide to Requesting a Zip Book

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Have you tried Zip Books yet? Since 2017, over 1,600 unique SBPL users have borrowed almost 3,700 books through this program, and you can, too! 

This grant funded program sponsored by the California State Library allows SBPL the ability to purchase books we don’t have in the catalog and send them right to your door. Whether you’re looking for audiobooks on CD, books in a language other than English, or an old favorite that the Library doesn’t currently own, Zip Books might be right for you.

Find out more about what’s eligible and how to request items, below.

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Other Info and FAQs

  • There is no fee for using the Zip Books program! Items will be sent to you free of charge, and then should be returned to the Library just like other borrowed SBPL materials (see return details, above).
  • Zip Books is the perfect way to get books that are older, independently published, or are otherwise unavailable from the Library’s usual vendors.
  • Because of the grant requirements, we must use Amazon to purchase and send items requested through this service. We do not have the ability to use these funds with other vendors.
  • Due to staff time and processing costs, we are not able to add all Zip Book returns to our catalog. Each item will be assessed individually for possible addition to the collection when it is returned.
  • Sometimes, due to cost or availability, you may receive used books through this service. We will only order items that are listed as “good” condition or better.
  • Only books and audiobooks on CD are eligible for this program.
  • Only items that ship from a location in the US are eligible for this program.

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