Zip Books

The Zip Books program provides library users with speedy access to books that are not available at their local libraries. A patron simply requests the item, the library purchases it from Amazon Prime, and the book is shipped directly to the patron’s home. When finished, the patron returns it to the library, and the library adds it to the collection.

Zip Books FAQs

What are Zip Books?

Zip Books allows patrons to request books that are not already in the library collection. The service is free and the items are shipped directly to the patron. The books are added to the library’s collection when they are returned so that other library patrons can enjoy them!

Why is the Library offering this program?

The goal of this program is to provide patrons with quick and convenient access to materials not available in the library collection at no additional cost. The program also fosters community-driven collection development to fulfill the community’s information needs.

What do I need to participate in the Zip Books Program?

Patrons must have a valid Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library card. Don't have one, stop by the circulation desk to register today!

What can I request through the Zip Books Program?

  • Patrons can only request items that are currently NOT in the library collection.
  • Patrons can only request new physical books available to purchase on Amazon Prime.
  • Patrons cannot request:
    • Audiobooks
    • Textbooks
    • Workbooks
    • Pre-orders
    • DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs
    • Used books
    • Items that exceed (including sales tax):
      • $50.00 English Books
      • $60.00 Foreign Language

How many Zip Books can I request?

Patrons can request one item once a month. Patrons must return previously borrowed Zip Books before requesting a new Zip Book. 

How long can I keep Zip Books?

Patrons can keep their Zip Books for 21 days. Need more time? Your books will automatically renew twice for a total of nine weeks. Patrons will be billed for items that are damaged or lost.

Can I have Zip Books delivered to my P.O. Box?

Items can be shipped to P.O. Boxes but may result in longer delivery times as Amazon's Same-day and 2-day delivery services do not apply to P.O. Boxes.

Where do I return my Zip Books?

Zip Books must be returned in their original packaging to the Circulation desk during normal hours. Please do not put Zip Books in the outside book drops. Please be sure to include any accompanying gift receipts or packing slips.

How can I request Zip Books?

Patrons can fill out the Zip Books Request Form online or visit the Adult and Children's Reference Desks to complete a form.

Complete a Zip Books request form

This project was supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.