Zip Books

Need a book the Library doesn't own?

Thanks to funding from the California Library Services Act, the Library can to purchase books or books-on-cd via Amazon.com and have them shipped to your home.

Please read our NEW guidelines as of August 2020

  • You may request one Zip Book per calendar month
  • The title cannot be already owned by Monterey Public Library
  • The title cannot appear on the current New York Times Fiction Bestseller List
  • The title must be available on Amazon.com for less than $50
  • You must have a Monterey Public Library or Pacific Grove Public Library card in good standing
  • Books that are current bestsellers or very popular may be referred to our Purchase Suggestion form here. Requests for books in other languages, books on cd, or Playaways are welcome if they are available from Amazon. Out of print books may be requested if they meet the criteria. DVDs and eBooks are not available through the Zip Book program.

Staff will review requests within one week. If your Zip Book is approved, the order will be placed with Amazon and the item will be shipped to your home. We will email you when the order is placed or if we need to follow up on your request.

The Zip Book will then appear as an item checked out to your library account. Zip Books are due six weeks from the order date and are not renewable. If your Zip Book does not arrive in a few weeks, please contact us at ksmith@monterey.org

Return your Zip Book to a staff member or if placed in the book return, try to clearly label it a Zip Book.

Please contact ksmith@monterey.org or call (831) 646-2093 with questions.

*If you have received a Zip Book before August 2020 it will not appear on your library account. When finished with your Zip Book, please return it to a staff member or if placed in the book return, try to clearly label it a "Zip Book".

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