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General Library Info
Marketing Your Book to Jacksonville Public Library
For Local Authors and Small Presses
Jacksonville Public Library will consider materials (books, music CDs and DVDs) that are written and/or published locally for addition to the collection. As a public library we select books whose content is written for the general reader rather than for the specialist or practitioner.Music CDs and DVDs are selected for the same general audience.
Of the many books and other materials published each year, Jacksonville Public Library is only able to add a small percentage due to physical space, technology requirements for digital materials and budgetary constraints. Selection criteria listed in the collection policy are carefully applied to ensure that the collection is as pertinent and responsive as possible.
The primary criteria for selection are public demand and interest; critical reviews; presentation and readability; the author’s or artist’s reputation and significance; reputation and standing of the publisher; availability of the information or material elsewhere; local or national significance of the author, artist or topic, and compatibility of the e-material with our digital platforms or quality of the physical format.
JPL does not collect textbooks, books that are designed to be filled out by the reader or to have pages torn out, or books with removable parts other than compact discs or DVDs. Books need to be sturdily bound, preferably sewn or glued; spiral or comb bindings do not stand up well to heavy library use.
The best way to bring your book, CD or DVD to our attention is through reviews in recognized publications. A positive review in one or more of the library review journals or a local newspaper will give your item an excellent chance of being considered by JPL (and other public libraries as well). Journals include, for example, Library Journal, School Library Journal (for children's materials), Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Publisher's Weekly. Newspapers include the Florida Times-Union Sunday book review section.
The next best method is a flier mailed to the Jacksonville Public Library, Collection Development, 3435 University Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32277 or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Libraries generally have a very limited amount of time to review a flier, so your best bet is to emphasize the essentials. We look for:
Drop-in visits to promote your material cannot be accommodated.
If you send a sample copy of your book, CD or DVD for consideration, it will be deemed a donation. It will be considered for addition to the collection based on our selection criteria and may or may not be added. If the item is not added to the collection it will be given to the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library for sale in an upcoming book sale. We are unable to notify you of our final decision.
A sample book, CD or DVD dropped off at any of our branches is forwarded to the Collection Development Department through interoffice delivery.
Please see our donation policy for further information:
For information on how to submit a book for a review:
School Library Journal
The Florida Times-Union