Working with Your Local Library to Create Exposure for You and Your Book

From the June 2013 Smith Publicity Power Book Publicity Tips. Sign up here for newsletter.

Many authors already have a relationship with the staff at their local libraries. Here are some tips to help you work with your local libraries to create a network of connections and potential readers for your book or ebook.

Libraries and librarians are excellent resources to help promote your book. Once on board, librarians also hand-sell books, just like bookstores do. Libraries host book groups, do author events, may feature a review of your book on their book blog or book feature on their website. Some libraries post a list of what the librarians were reading each month, which is often a key resource for patrons looking for new book recommendations.

  1. Getting Your Book into Your Local Library. Here are some steps to get you started:
    • Call or email your library to let them know you want to donate your book (offer two copies).
    • The contact person varies from library to library as there are not standard titles. Ask for the person in charge of acquisitions, circulation or the head of the department where your book would be shelved (Children’s for example).
    • Books they may not accept: textbooks, fill-in-the-blank books, or books not traditionally bound such as comb and spiral style binding.
    • A book will typically remain on a shelf as long as the library has available space and if the book remains in good condition. Smaller libraries tend to weed through books not checked out for 18 months, while larger libraries have more leeway.
  2. Book Clubs/Events. Libraries often hold events and readings, especially when books have local connections (author, setting, historical characters or events, etc.). Offer yourself for a reading, in-person book group discussion, or presentation/Q&A depending on the topic of your book. Be creative—for a cookbook, do a demonstration or host a small class. For a travel book, offer a seminar on common questions when traveling abroad with small children or the over 65 crowd. For a romance novel, introduce locals to the most romantic spots in your area, how to make an oasis of a romantic evening, etc. Have fun—work with your library to see what has worked in the past.
  3. Book Sales. Some libraries even work with local independent bookstores to sell books at library events.
  4. Library Contacts. If you know the librarians, perhaps offer them a gift of a signed copy with the hopes they will read it. Studies show most checked out books are ones read and recommended by the librarians.


  • Do NOT place your book in the donation bin or it will likely end up on their sale table.
  • Offer two copies for each library.
  • If your local library is connected to other libraries (some by city or county), ask if the book will be available throughout the library’s entire distribution network.
  • If your library event goes well in your immediate local library, branch out to others near by. Word of mouth often starts locally.
  • Once your book is ready for people to check out, tell your friends to go and put the book on hold. People searching the library for books to read often view the hold list. Seeing a popular book attracts others to add your book to their list.
  • For library book clubs, perhaps offer free or discounted books to two or three members to start people talking about your book.
  • If relevant, label your book children’s vs. young adult—this is a HUGE distinction.
  • Check on your book to see its condition and offer to replace it if it’s looking happily read.
  • See which libraries have your book on this website: WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide
  • In general, libraries select books for their collection based on reviews from a few specific places. Here are links to their submission guidelines: Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews. Some libraries also receive RT Book Review (romance) and Locus Magazine (science fiction and fantasy).
  • For eBooks, most libraries license their books through OverDrive, the leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video worldwide. They deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers–serving millions of end users globally. EBooks, especially in the romance field, are booming at libraries!

by Sandy Poirier-Diaz, president of Smith Publicity

94 Responses

  1. It sure took a lot of research to make an article like this.
  2. I think these old wine lovers would enjoy your post.
  3. This was truly remarkable. I really like what you did with the curtains.
  4. Don't eat too much before going to bed.
  5. Don't ever quit blogging!
  6. Don't forget the grilled onions!
  7. Way to go Edward. This blog is amazing!
  8. No one can ever say this site is boring!
  9. Would you like some popcorn?
  10. I don't ordinarily comment but I gotta admit appreciate it for the post on this one :D.
  11. These two are some real messy eaters!
  12. I really liked your post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.
  13. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic post. Really Cool.
  14. I really like and appreciate your article post.Much thanks again. Much obliged.
  15. Thanks so much for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on...
  16. I loved your article.Much thanks again. Great.
  17. wow, awesome blog article.Really thank you! Keep writing.
  18. Im grateful for the article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.
  19. Great article post.Thanks Again. Really Cool.
  20. I am so grateful for your blog.Really thank you! Want more.
  21. Major thanks for the post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.
  22. I really like and appreciate your blog.Really thank you! Want more.
  23. Fantastic post.Much thanks again. Want more.
  24. I really liked your blog article. Fantastic.
  25. I believe everybody went like Ones New website, reason being things like this site without doubt has a article on quality. I loved read A New content. go on To remain a useful article, I will avail Once more by One additional time. Bless you.
  26. Really informative blog. Cool.
  27. Really informative blog post.Thanks Again. Much obliged.
  28. Appreciate you sharing, great post.Really thank you! Cool.
  29. It’s really a nice and useful piece of info. I am glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.
  30. I think this is a real great blog. Fantastic.
  31. Wow! This can be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Fantastic. I am also a specialist in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.
  32. Good day! I could have sworn I've been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it's new to me. Anyhow, I'm definitely delighted I found it and I'll be book-marking and checking back frequently!
  33. Thanks a lot for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on...
  34. Very good blog article. Will read on...
  35. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn anything like this before. So good to find someone with some original ideas on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this website is something that is wanted on the web, someone with a bit of originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the internet!
  36. This is one awesome article.Thanks Again. Fantastic.
  37. Great, thanks for sharing this article.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.
  38. Really appreciate you sharing this article post.Much thanks again. Really Great.
  39. A round of applause for your post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.
  40. Very neat article post.Much thanks again. Will read on...
  41. Wow, great article post.Thanks Again. Awesome.
  42. wow, awesome article post.
  43. Im grateful for the article.Really looking forward to read more.
  44. Great, thanks for sharing this blog post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.
  45. A big thank you for your blog.Much thanks again. Keep writing.
  46. Very neat article.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.
  47. Its great as your other content : D, thankyou for putting up. "The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory." by Ted W. Engstrom.
  48. Really informative article post. Will read on...
  49. Thanks-a-mundo for the article.Really thank you! Keep writing.
  50. Hello.This post was really fascinating, particularly since I was looking for thoughts on this topic last week.
  51. Very informative blog post. Keep writing.
  52. Great blog article.Really thank you! Really Great.
  53. Fantastic article post. Want more.
  54. Thank you ever so for you article post.Much thanks again. Will read on...
  55. I truly appreciate this article post.
  56. This is one awesome article post.Really thank you! Will read on...
  57. Thanks again for the blog article.Really thank you! Really Great.
  58. Im thankful for the blog post. Keep writing.
  59. I loved your article.Thanks Again. Awesome.
  60. Very good article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.
  61. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!
  62. Really enjoyed this article post.Thanks Again. Much obliged.
  63. I just could not depart your site before suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the standard information a person supply for your guests? Is going to be back ceaselessly in order to check out new posts.
  64. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but definitely you're going to a famous blogger if you aren't already ;) Cheers!
  65. Wow, great blog article.Much thanks again. Awesome.
  66. Really informative blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.
  67. Thank you ever so for you blog article.Really thank you! Fantastic.
  68. Major thanks for the blog.Much thanks again. Awesome.
  69. I cannot thank you enough for the article. Keep writing.
  70. I added a new list. As you'll see it's bigger than most of them. I hope you all have had a great week!
  71. I value the article post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.
  72. Really informative blog post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.
  73. Really appreciate you sharing this article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.
  74. It’s been a busy week for you. What’s the best way to get rid of the stress of a busy week? The best and only way is by spending some time with the beauties over at These are the girls who know how to treat a man right.
  75. Great, thanks for sharing this blog article. Great.
  76. A good time is what you’ll have with the girls at This is by far the most exciting site on the entire internet. Don’t think twice about visiting this site. Not if you’re in the mood to have a little kinky fun.
  77. Are you searching for a little fun? If you are, then is the best site for just that. You’ll find plenty of hot babes there who love to get down and dirty. That’s exactly what you’re looking for right this very second.
  78. Say, you got a nice blog post. Much obliged.
  79. Take a good look at This is the one site where you can have a lot of fun. The fun you can have here is exactly what you’re looking for. Enjoy yourself and meet some sexy ladies in the process.
  80. Thank you ever so for you blog article.Really thank you! Fantastic.
  81. Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? There’s just one site where you can meet all kinds of local singles. There’s never a shortage of girls at this site. By far the best part is, you can go on a date tonight. Hook up here and start the day off right. Before you know it, you’ll be in love and hearing the birds sing once again.
  82. Are you searching for a date? If so, there’s just one place where you should go. has more horny singles than any other place online. You can go there and hook up immediately. These are the type of singles who like to have some fun in the sack. Get laid today and put a big smile on your face tonight.
  83. You’ve got to check out this cam girl’s big natural tits. Those jugs of hers are awesome. The face on this cutie is as sweet as sugar. Don’t worry if she’s not online. There’s plenty more babes at It’s only a matter of clicking or tapping until you find the girl of your dreams there.
  84. Just imagine for a second if you could get into the mind of a millionaire. Think of all the things that you could learn. Well, you actually can do just that. A millionaire is giving away all of his secret right on the internet. You don’t even need to leave the house to learn what made him rich. All it takes is visiting He will literally teach you all of the secrets to making money. Don’t you think it’s time that you earned the living that you deserve? Change your life today by simply following the link above. Do it for yourself and everyone that you care about.
  85. I truly appreciate this blog.Really looking forward to read more. Great.
  86. Did you know that people make their entire income promoting ClickBank? You too could be one of the many who have quit their job. Affiliate marketing is as old as the internet. It’s not going to go away any time soon. You too can get your piece of the pie. Why shouldn’t you? Do you really like working the job you have? Are you going to be able to do it until you retire? If you’re job requires physical labor, then you know the answer to that question. There’s no way you’re going to be able to do that when you get older. That’s just the truth and no one needs to tell it to you. Right now you could be making money online. Does it require work? You better believe it does. No honest person is ever going to tell you that it’s possible to become a millionaire online without doing any work whatsoever. It’s not possible. That doesn’t mean there isn’t money to be made. There’s plenty of money out there to be made by people just like yourself. Now you know there’s going to be a pitch for a product. You’re right about that. Click on the link and check it out. There’s a video you can watch that will explain everything. It will tell you how to make money using ClickBank. Watch the video and see what you think. You too can be one of the many who earn a living promoting ClickBank. Some people earn a good living and there’s no reason why you can’t.
  87. Are you the type who likes to hangout on social media? Have you ever thought about making it a career? You can help promote their business using social media. This means you can do what you already love doing and make money at it. Does this sound like something you’d like to do? If so, then check out You can help people and make some money in the process. You already hang out at social media sites. Why not make a few bucks doing it?
  88. Im thankful for the article. Really Cool.
  89. wow, awesome article.Much thanks again. Really Cool.
  90. Thanks-a-mundo for the post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.
  91. I value the blog article.Much thanks again. Really Great.
  92. Are you the kind of guy who loves to watch sexy girls get fucked in the ass? If so, then you need to check out this site This is the one place where anal sex lovers can get their fix. You’ve never seen asses this tight fucked by cocks this big. Each asshole is super tight and it gets fucked by a huge cock. It’s impossible not to beat off while watching these beauties getting ass fucked.

Leave a comment