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Suggestions for Purchase : Purchasing Guidelines for Authors and Publishers

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Purchasing Guidelines For Authors And Publishers

The Seattle Public Library is happy to consider recently published books and other items for our collection. We receive many inquiries from authors, publishers, and publisher's representatives and have created these guidelines to help you.

The Library routinely acquires books published by commercial publishers that fit the Library's collection development plan and meet our selection criteria. We also may acquire self-published books when they include unique local content, fit the scope of the Library's collection plan and meet our selection criteria.

Having your book receive an independent, positive review in one or more the of the major review journals (such as Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and Publisher's Weekly) is the best way to bring a title to our attention. We are more likely to consider adding a self-published book to our collection if it has been reviewed in a major review journal.  Paid reviews are not considered.

Contacting the Library

You also may bring your book to our attention by:


Email - In your email, please include:



  • Basic bibliographic information about your book (title, author, ISBN, publisher, date of publication, number of pages, price)



  • A link to your book's Web site and links to reviews or other coverage in the news media (if available)



  • A brief description of your book and its intended audience and information about how or where to buy it



Mail - Please do not send a review copy. Send a flier or promotional materials to:



The Seattle Public Library
Attn: Collection Development
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104



Unfortunately, we cannot notify you if your book is not selected because of the number of submissions we receive.


Local Authors ebook Collection

The Seattle Public Library encourages and supports the published works of Seattle authors.  If you are a resident of Washington state, we encourage you to submit your eBook to the Library using our SELF-e submission platform.

Books submitted to the SELF-e service become part of a statewide module with books by other local authors.  You may also choose to submit your ebook for possible inclusion in Library Journal’s SELF-e project.  If selected by Library Journal, you will need to sign a non-exclusive license to make your book available to library patrons.

Seattle Public Library cardholders can discover and access this local ebook collection through the Library catalog or the SELF-e platform.


Donating a book

Donated books are subject to the same selection criteria as books the Library buys. Materials not added to the Library's collection are sent to the Friends of The Seattle Public Library(Opens a new window) for use in its semiannual book sales.

See the Library's Materials Donation Policy for more information.