We often get requests to include independently-written and/or independently-published items in our collection. Because of the large number of titles that are independently published each year and because of the additional staff time required to review and process these types of books, we will only consider titles
- whose authors come from or currently live in Durham County; or
- that feature Durham County as the setting for the story; or
- that are of local interest.
Items selected for our library must fit the criteria set forth in our resources selection policy. As a public library, we purchase titles for the general reader and do not generally purchase specialized or academic materials or textbooks.
Books in a public library are subjected to heavy use, and we therefore look for items that are sturdily bound, preferably sewn or glued. Items that have worksheets intended to be filled in or torn out by the reader cannot be used. Books that include objects such as toys or craft kits are also not appropriate.
Positive reviews, either in national review sources such as Library Journal or Booklist or in local sources such as the Durham Herald-Sun, are the best way to bring a book to our attention and increase the likelihood of purchase.
Drop-in visits to market your book are not encouraged. If you would like Durham County Library to consider your materials, please send a fact sheet to:
Durham County Library
300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27701
The fact sheet should include:
- Your contact information
- Your connection to Durham County or the relevance of your title to a Durham County audience
- Your background, such as education, experience in the field discussed, and experience as a writer
- A brief summary of the item and an indication of its intended audience (for example: adults, young children, teens)
- Basic description of the item (ISBN, price, date of publication, publisher)
- How materials can be purchased
- Copies of any professional reviews
Preview copies, when available, allow us to better evaluate a work’s appropriateness for the collection. Please be aware that all preview copies will be treated as donations; we will either add the item to the collection or give it to the Friends of the Library for sale. It will not be returned to you. We will purchase any additional copies needed.
If your book is available in a digital form, please be aware that Durham County Library has no means of purchasing or circulating ebooks except through our vendor, OverDrive. You must sell or donate your ebook to OverDrive before we can consider it for purchase.
The review process takes approximately four to six weeks, and we will notify you of our decision.