Marketing to Libraries
ALA Library Fact Sheet 5
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Please be aware that individual libraries are responsible for their own book purchases and collections. There is no one that chooses and distributes books to all libraries — and that includes ALA.
If what you want to do is donate your books to libraries, please see ALA Library Fact Sheet 12 – Sending Books to Needy Libraries: Book Donation Programs for information on organizations that provide that service. ALA does not does not accept or distribute donations of books or any other materials.
ALA has a review magazine called Booklist (see more details below), which shouldn’t be misunderstood to mean that it is a list of books that ALA recommends that libraries get. It is a journal with reviews of books and other materials.
The Library Market in General | What Do Libraries Buy? | How and When Do Libraries Buy? | Reviews | Advertising | Direct Mail/Library Mailing Lists | Authors for Libraries: Connecting Authors & Libraries | Special Note to Self-Published Authors, Authors with Print-on-Demand Books | Review periodicals and services for self-published and print-on-demand titles | Exhibiting/Arrange to Have Your Book Displayed at a Trade Show | Additional Opportunities for Books and Periodicals, Request Partnership with ALA | Selective Bibliography
This fact sheet aims to clear up some misconceptions about libraries and collection development and points authors to resources.