Need Something Else?
Can't find what you're looking for? Long Beach Public Library offers Zip Books and Interlibrary Loans—two ways to borrow materials that are not in our collection.
Zip Books is a statewide project of the NorthNet Library System, funded by the California State Library. Currently all program funds have been expended, so this service will pause beginning May 22, 2021. If program funds are renewed, the library plans to resume offering Zip Books to our patrons.
In the meantime, the library offers Interlibrary Loan for items that are not available at our locations. You may also Suggest a Purchase.
- You must have a LBPL library card in good standing.
- The item must be available on Amazon as a book, large print book, or audiobook on CD.
- The title in the format requested must not already be in the Library catalog.
- The cost of the item must be under $50.
- The item can't be a fiction bestseller.
Request one item at a time and keep it as long as you'd like. Return your undamaged item to a staff member at any of our library locations, let them know it’s a Zip item, and you’re ready to submit another request. Patrons can request up to five items per month.
Zip Books cannot be returned in the book drop. They must be handed to a library staff member with notification that it is a Zip Book. If a Zip item is damaged or not properly returned, additional Zip requests for that patron will be marked as ineligible.
Patrons and library staff can fill out the Zip Book Request Form.
Library staff will contact you with updates on when to expect your item to arrive from Amazon, or to let you know if it is not available. Please contact us if you don’t receive your book on the day estimated.
Keep the item as long as you want! When you are finished, return item to a staff member at any LBPL location during library open hours.
Repeat for a total of 5 times per month!
Interlibrary Loans allows LBPL cardholders to borrow materials owned by libraries outside the LBPL system, for a fee.
Interlibrary Loans can be a great option when looking for:
- Out of Print Titles
- Books + Audiobooks LBPL doesn't own
- Academic Text Books
- Journals + Newspapers
- Music Scores
We cannot use Interlibrary Loans to request:
- Materials already available at one our LBPL locations.
- Music CDs
- eBooks and other digital media
There is a $5 nonrefundable fee for each ILL request, plus postage and lending library fees, when applicable.
The lending library fee amount varies and is not known until after a request is placed. If the amount is over what you are willing to spend, we will not obtain the copy for you to borrow.