I’m an author. How do I suggest my book to KCLS for purchase?

The King County Library System (KCLS) actively seeks locally written materials that meet our selection criteria. As a public library, we select items whose content is for the general reader rather than for the specialist or practitioner.

We primarily purchase commercially published materials. Some indications of commercial publication include:

  • Sturdy binding (preferably sewn or glued, rather than spiral or comb binding).
  • Author, title, publisher and date of publication clearly indicated.
  • International Standard Book Number (ISBN).
  • Clearly stated price.

We generally do not purchase:

  • Books with pages designed to be filled in or torn out by the reader.
  • Books that include supplemental objects such as toys or crafts kits.
  • Picture books in paperback format.
  • Textbooks or other highly specialized materials.

The best way to bring your book to our attention is through reviews. A positive review in one or more library review journals increases the chance of your book being purchased by KCLS (and other public libraries as well). See below for contact information for these publications. Less weight is given to paid reviews or to reader reviews such as those on Amazon and Goodreads.

How to contact us

The best way to contact us is through our Ask KCLS service. Please include bibliographic information and a description of the book.

You can also mail a flyer or a review copy to the KCLS Service Center at the address below. Information about your book will be forwarded to the Selection Department.

Selection Department
King County Library System
960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

In your description, please include the following information:

  • What the book is about.
  • The intended audience for the book.
  • Author qualifications such as education or experience in the field or experience as a writer. Be sure to mention that you are a local author, since this is a factor in our purchase decision.
  • When and where the book was published. If the book is self-published, describe its physical appearance, including type of binding.

For information about how to make your eBook available through Overdrive, please review their Introduction to Digital Distribution document.

Library review journal contact information:

50 East Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611                                                    

770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Library Journal
360 Park Ave. S.
New York, NY 10010

Publisher's Weekly
360 Park Ave. S.
New York, NY 10010

The Seattle Times
P.O. Box 70
Seattle, WA 98111