I recently wrote a book. How can I suggest the library purchase the book?

We do not purchase books directly from authors or publishers. However, the best way for us to consider your book for our collections, is to have 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). We are more likely to consider adding a self-published book to our collection if a major review journal has reviewed it.

To submit such a request, email us at ask@bpl.org and include the following:

  • Basic bibliographic information about your book (title, author, ISBN, publisher, date of publication, number of pages, price)
  • A link to your book's website 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

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

Donated books are subject to the same selection criteria as other books we buy. Materials not added to our collection cannot be returned, and are sent to the City-Wide Friends for their bi-monthly book sales.