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Riverside Public Library

Requesting Zip Books

About Zip Books

Zip Books is another way for you to request books not owned by the Riverside Public Library. The item is shipped directly to you using Amazon Prime. After it is returned, the Library can add the item to its collection for others to check out. This service is available to anyone with a valid Riverside Public Library card. There are no fee for requests, and you can make a new request once per month. Households are limited to a maximum of $200 in Zip Book orders per month.

Types of Materials

Acceptable Zip Books titles are:

  • Hardbacks, paperbacks, large print, or CD audiobooks.
  • Available on Amazon for less than $50 ($75 for foreign language and CD audiobooks) including tax and shipping.
  • Not currently on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
  • Not currently in the Library’s catalog. A request can be made for a title already owned by the Library if the request is for a format that is not in the collection, e.g., large print.

Loan Period

All Zip Books are on loan for a 3-week period (21 days) starting on the day they are delivered. Zip Books cannot be renewed or re-requested at check-in. Overdue books accrue fines at a rate of $.25 a day, up to a maximum of $5.00. Books more than six weeks overdue are charged to the customer’s account for the full purchase price.

Submitting a Zip Books Request

Step 1: Fill out the Zip Books Request Form.

Step 2: Within three weeks, Library staff will email to let you know if your book has been purchased, or let you know why it could not be ordered. Most orders arrive within three days of the notification email being sent.

Step 3: Keep the item for up to three weeks. When you are finished, return item to a staff member at any Riverside Public Library during open hours (Please do not return to a book drop.) You can make one request each calendar month.


Zip Books is a grant project provided in partnership with the California State Library and the NorthNet Library System. It is supported by California Library Services Act funds.

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