Buying books for a community library

jclynes wrote...

Buying books for a community library

We are going to have to start buying our own books for our library

Up to now we have been able to use the council library book buying service which has bought books on our behalf from a set profile

We would be interested to learn how other community libraries are coping - making deals with local bookshops, using Amazon or a book buying service ?

Thank you


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Anton Schultz wrote...

Hi Jeremy

Community libraries I've been in touch with have sourced books from wide range of places.

In terms of bulk buying, I know that some have had discussions with wholesale companies like Betrams. Mike McCusker at Fresh Horizons has a conversation with them and they were open to the idea of offering a group discount if a number of community libraries wanted to join up as a a buying group. He was in touch with Neil Barker, Northern Account Manager
Bertram Library Services, 07909 998 962, [email protected]

There are other wholesalers and I've not done any comparison, but would be great to hear experience of others. This forum could be used to promote the development of a buying group if there is sufficient interest and perhaps approach a few wholesalers.

Some community libraries have been granted donations of book stock from publishers, and others have done well from sourcing books from local residents and also surplus stock from other libraries inlcuding public and academic libraries.

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Tracy Hi wrote...

Luckily we are still getting our books from the council. However with my other hat on I work with Usborne Books, a large, independent, children's, publisher.

I can offer discounts of upto 30% on all books in our range of 3,000 titles and can advise on what you what is popular etc. If you look on the shelves in your library you will doubtless find a huge number of Usborne Books!! Look for the air balloon on the spine!!

I'm very happy to chat over options with you without obligation

[email protected]
(023) 8041 0917

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