Submission Guidelines for Local Authors

The library wishes to support local authors and to recognize local literary and creative efforts.  Many of these books are self-published and typically have not been reviewed by standard sources.  However, they may be added to the local author’s collection at MCPL if they otherwise meet criteria in the Collection Development Policy.

The following guidelines are used to make such works accessible to the community, while also maintaining standards for the library’s collections:

  • Authors must be Monroe County residents, or the book must take place in Monroe County or otherwise demonstrate strong local interest.
  • Each book must be approved by the selector for the local author’s collection before being accepted for placement.  Time constraints preclude the selector from meeting individually with authors.
  • Because of budget limitations and the volume of self-published and print-on-demand titles, items for this collection will be accepted as donations and will not be purchased.  Books by local authors that have been reviewed in standard sources will be considered for purchase as an addition to the library’s general collection.
  • In compliance with the library’s Gift Policy, submitted works become the property of MCPL and as such will not be returned to the donor.  If not added to the collection, they will be donated to the Friends of the Library Bookstore.
  • Items that have circulated well are candidates for the general collection, although they may be removed at some point as part of ongoing collection maintenance.  Books that have not circulated regularly may be withdrawn after one year.
  • Self-published family histories or similar genealogical materials will be added to the Indiana Room at the discretion of the selector for the Indiana Room.

Authors may drop off one copy at the Downtown Library or send a copy to:

Monroe County Public Library
Adult Selector
303 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN  47404

Please include:

  • The author’s name, street address, phone number and email address
  • Reviews, publicity materials or other supplementary information if available