Zip Books

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Please note the Zip Books service is closed for this year. We will update our website and get the word out once we have confirmation if the program returns next year. 

Zip Books is a service that allows Salinas Public Library patrons to request books or audiobooks not already owned by the Library and have them delivered to their homes.  Patrons must return the item to the Library when they are done reading it. 
Zip Books is a statewide project that is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Eligibility to use Zip Books service:

  • You must have a Salinas Public Library card in good standing.
  • You may request up to 2 Zip Books at a time. Each Zip Books must be returned before you can request another. 
  • You may only request books, large print books, or audiobooks, that are not already owned by the Library. You may not request items that are out-of-print, not yet published, specialized textbooks (general textbooks may be considered on a case by case basis), or items that does not meet Library's Collection Development Policy.

How to request a Zip Book:

  • Complete the Zip Books request form from the link below or print the paper form and submit it in person to the Library.
  • Library staff will review your request to determine eligibility and send an email update on the status of your request within one week.
  • If your Zip Books request is approved, you will receive a package containing your requested item and may include a note on the packing slip indicating ‘Zip Books’. Please keep the packing slip in the book until you return it to the Library.
  • Zip Books requests are accepted until June 20, 2024 or earlier, based on funding availability. 

How to return a Zip Book:

  • Zip Books item must be returned in-person to the Library. Please include the packing slip when you return the item to the Library service desk or indicate to the staff that you are returning a Zip Books.
  • Do not return Zip Books item in a book drop because you may not be correctly credited for returning the item.
  • Zip Books item that is not returned to the library will be charged as a lost item to your library account.
  • All Zip Books must be returned to the Library within 90 days.