For Local or Self-Published Authors

Okanagan Regional Library will consider for purchase works by self-published or local authors and creators. 

Preference is given when:

  • The work has been reviewed in a professional and objective review source (library review journals such as Publishers Weekly or Booklist) or has received media attention.
  • The work is available from one of our book/media vendors. This includes eBook/eAudio vendors such as OverDrive (via Smashwords, for self-published authors).
  • The creator has promotional material (website, pamphlets, etc.) with reviews and a description of the work. This is preferred over sending a sample copy of the work.

Inclusion of the work in our collection is subject to the Selection Criteria [PDF] outlined in the Materials section of our Board Policy. 

If a work is not available through one of our vendors, creators should be prepared to accept a purchase order from the library, and to send a properly formatted invoice to the library.

Any sample copies of the work sent to the library become the property of the library, and will not be returned to the creator. 

Tax receipts are not issued for donated works.

If a work is accepted for the library collection, a minimum of two copies are required.  The author/creator will either have to donate a minimum of two copies, or have a minimum of two copies available to purchase. 

Promotional materials or questions can be directed to the Head of Collection Development or the Youth Collections Librarian - Contact information is available on the Contact Us webpage.

Here are some suggestions on how creators can get their works reviewed: