The County Library is often asked to include materials in our libraries that are published independently. As a public library that focuses on popular materials, The County Library selects titles aimed at the general reader. Per our Material Selection policy, the primary focus of our collection is popular materials reflecting community and patron needs.
Reviews from industry sources will improve the ability of The County Library selectors to fully evaluate your book. Review sources for independently published materials include:
- Independent Publisher: An online magazine that includes book reviews and other resources for small presses and authors
- Kirkus Indie Book Reviews
- Midwest Review: Includes a monthly Small Press Bookwatch
- Small Press Reviews: An online review source for small press books
A positive review in one or more of the library review journals, such as Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly or in the Salt Lake Tribune or Deseret News book sections, will give your material an improved chance for purchase by The County Library. It is also beneficial if your book is carried by a local book store.
Books in a public library get constant use from the public. Materials that are sturdily bound, preferably sewn or glued (without spiral or comb bindings) will be considered. Books with pages designed to be filled in or torn out by the reader will not be purchased.
If you choose to send us a sample copy of the item, The County Library will not be able to return it. The County Library will treat your item as a donation and its disposition will be covered under our Gifts and Donations Policy.
The County Library does not currently have an independent platform to distribute eBooks. If you have an eBook you wish to have considered for purchase you may apply to Overdrive for a Content Reserve Publisher Account, and, once accepted, submit a purchase request to The County Library.
Salt Lake County Library
Attention: Independently Published Titles Collection Management Committee
8030 S 1825 W
West Jordan, UT 84088
If you would like us to consider your materials, please fill in the form below and submit with any links to professional reviews.