Pikes Peak Library District is interested in books whose content is written for the general reader rather than for the specialist or practitioner. Of the many books published each year, PPLD is only able to add a small percentage to the collection due to space and budgetary constraints. Selection criteria listed in the collection development policy are carefully applied to ensure that the collection is as pertinent and responsive as possible.
The primary criteria are public demand and interest; critical reviews; presentation and readability; author’s reputation and significance as a writer; reputation and standing of the publisher; availability of the information elsewhere; local or national significance; and quality of the physical format. PPLD does not collect textbooks, books that are designed to be filled out by the reader or to have pages torn out, or books with removable parts other than compact discs. Books need to be sturdily bound, preferably sewn or glued; spiral and comb bindings do not stand up well to heavy library use.
The best way to bring your book to our attention is through reviews in recognized publications. A positive review in one or more library review journals or a local newspaper will give your book a chance of being considered by Pikes Peak Library District. Journals include, for example, Library Journal, Booklist, School Library Journal (for children’s books), and Publisher’s Weekly. Newspapers include The Gazette, Colorado Springs Independent, and Denver Post.
Drop-in visits to promote your book cannot be accommodated. If you wish to leave a copy of your book for consideration, it will be deemed a donation. It will be considered for addition to the collection based on our selection criteria and may or may not be added. If the item is not added to the collection it will be given to our Friends of the Library for sale in an upcoming book sale. Address any donations to Collection Management, Pikes Peak Library District, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579.
For information on how to submit a book for review in one of the library review journals contact:
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611