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Library patrons have new way to get new materials: Zip Books

Feather Publishing
3/22/2014
 

Beginning March 31, Plumas County Library patrons will be able to order Zip Books at their local branch library in Quincy, Chester, Greenville or Portola.

Zip Books is a statewide project designed to employ an interlibrary loan service alternative. Currently, to receive a requested book from another library through interlibrary loan, a patron agrees to pay $3 to cover the library’s shipping expenses. Then the book is ordered and delivered to the library, thus taking approximately four – six weeks for the book to get to the patron.

The purpose of Zip Books is to identify and test efficient, cost-effective alternatives to traditional interlibrary loan delivery practices. It works like this: A patron fills out a request form for a book or audiobook. The book is then ordered from Amazon Prime by library staff from a designated account and delivered directly to the patron’s home/address within two days. The cost is free to the library patron.

When the patron is finished reading or listening to the book, he/she returns it to the library, where the decision is made to keep the book for the library’s collection or donate it to be sold by Friends of the Library. Library staff will be reviewing ordering and patron satisfaction statistics and submitting them to the California State Library.

This is a grant-funded project managed by Califa Group, in partnership with the California State Library. Plumas County will be given a $7,000 Amazon Prime allotment with which to order materials.

Plumas County will be a participant until the end of the 2014-15 fiscal year (June 30, 2015), with the possibility of being funded for at least another year.


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