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Library Affiliates Policy

FCPL provides library users the option to purchase materials through the library catalog using an Amazon.com link in the catalog called "Buy Your Own" or through the eLibrary portal site using an OverDrive link in the catalog called "Buy It Now". These links that connect to online vendors have been approved by the Library Director or by the FCPL eLibrary vendor OverDrive.

The library offers this feature as a service to FCPL patrons, not as an endorsement of a website or of the contents of a website. FCPL will receive a portion of the sales.

A vendor may apply for consideration at any time through the "Ask a Librarian" link on the library webpage. The following criteria are used to determine the vendor who offers the best benefit to the library:

  • Is the selling of materials, such as those held in the library, the primary part of the business of the vendor?
  • How long has the vendor been in business selling these materials?
  • Do the vendor’s offerings meet current or anticipated needs of the community, such as a Forsyth Reads Together selection or titles from a school summer reading list?
  • Will the software interface be easy to administer by the library's IT department?
  • Will the software interface work well with the library’s Integrated Library System (ILS)?
  • Is the price offered to the consumer discounted?
  • Is the website's search engine robust, and the purchasing process easy to use by patrons?
  • Can patrons use a credit card or PayPal online?
  • Is the site suitable for the library's family audiences?
  • Will the partnership between the vendor and the library benefit the library? If there is a financial benefit or cost, how much is it?
  • Does the vendor have a good business and online reputation?

Approved on 5/17/2010
Implemented on 6/1/2010 Back to ListBack to List
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