Pasadena Public Library seeks information about books that are written and/or published locally. We are especially interested in titles about Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley As a public library, we select books containing content that is written for the general reader rather than for the specialist or professional.
In general, Pasadena library does not acquire textbooks required for school curricula. Workbooks and other materials with pages designed to be filled in or torn out by the reader are not appropriate.
Because library books get heavy use, we look for those with a sturdy binding that is sewn or glued. Spiral and comb bindings do not stand up well to the multiple uses library books will receive.
The best way to present your book as a possible addition to our collection is through reviews. A positive review in one or more of the review journals, such as Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist or Kirkus will give your book an excellent chance of being bought by Pasadena Public Library. We also take note of books reviewed or profiled in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Star News, the Pasadena Weekly and other local news outlets.
Mailing a flyer to our collection team is another method to market your book. You can send the flyer to the Pasadena Public Library Reference Department. Collection development librarians generally have only a few minutes to review your flyer. It best to keep the content as brief as possible and to focus on the following questions:
Send flyer to: Pasadena Public Library Reference Department Attn: Collection Development 285 E. Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 91101
Because we are unable to keep track of unsolicited material, sending review copies is not necessary and drop in visits are discouraged. We are unable to return review copies, regardless of the library’s purchase decision.
Finally, you may want to consider attending library conferences. As an exhibitor or advertiser, you can reach many librarians in a short space of time. Major conferences for library professionals are listed under “Library Organizations”.
Los Angeles Times www.latimes.com
New York Times www.nytimes.com
Pasadena Star News www.pasadenastarnews.com
Kirkus Reviews www.kirkusreviews.com
Library Journal www.libraryjournal.com
School Library Journal www.schoollibraryjournal.com
Quality Books 1003 W. Pines Road Oregon, IL www.quality-books.com
Vroman’s Bookstore Consignment Information: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/contact-us 695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
California Library Association Annual conference in November. www.cla-net.org
Public Library Association Conference every two years in February or March. www.pla.org
American Library Association Annual conference in June or July. www.ala.org