City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) has launched Zip Books, a free alternative to traditional interlibrary loan (ILL). Zip Books partners with Amazon to get books to library users more quickly. Currently, when a library user wants a title that is not owned by LBPL, the book is borrowed from another library system. It can take up to four weeks for the title to arrive at the library using the ILL process. Zip Books cuts the wait time down to just a few days.
“Our library is thrilled to offer Zip Books to Long Beach residents,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This new service will provide patrons with speedy access to materials that are not already on library shelves.”
With Zip Books, once a book request is submitted to library staff, the title is ordered from Amazon and delivered directly to the patron’s home. When the patron has read the book, they return it to the library, where it is added to LBPL’s collection or donated to the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library.
“This new program is easy for library staff to administer since Amazon ships materials directly to the patron,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “It also eliminates shipping costs and the need for patrons to return to the library to pick up their requested materials. Library users can be the first person to check out the requested title. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?”
The Zip Books service is a statewide project of the NorthNet Library System and Califa Group, funded by the California State Library. More information on the project can be found at http://www.longbeach.gov/library/borrow/need-something-else/.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
About Long Beach Public Library
Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes Main Library and eleven neighborhood libraries and a vibrant online presence. In summer of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library and Museum Services in recognition of successful community-collaborations, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and literacy-focused programs to the residents of Long Beach. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces, and a variety of events ranging from story times to cultural programs.
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