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Zip Books

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...Your Library. Delivered!

What is it? Zip Books is a way for customers to request books that the Library doesn't own. The item is shipped directly to you using Amazon Prime.

Zip Book Request Form

3/23/2020 UPDATE: Due to shelter-in-place restrictions, between March 20, 2020 and May 1, 2020, we are temporarily raising the number of allowed Zip Books from 1 to 5.  You can request and keep up to FIVE Zip Books at a time.  We will also purchase up to 3 duplicate copies of items already in the PLS catalog.  Some other restrictions still apply (price limits, textbook restrictions).  

Please note that there may be some shipping delays while Amazon prioritizes shipments of essential supplies and food from their warehouses.  Thank you for your patience.

Please keep all Zip Books until the library reopens.


  • Customer must have a PLS library card.
  • Item must not be available in the PLS catalog. NOTE: Between March 20 and May 1, 2020, we will purchase up to 3 duplicate copies of items already in the PLS catalog, including bestsellers in any format.
  • Customer can request 1 item at a time and keep it as long as you want.  If you want a new title, you must return your current title. NOTE: Between March 20 and May 1, 2020, customers may request and keep up to 5 items at a time.  Items can be returned when the library re-opens.
  • Customers may receive a total of 5 items in a month.
  • The cost of the item should be under $75 for Audiobooks and international language materials and under $50 for books and large print.
  • Item may be a Book, a Large Print Book, or a Book on CD
  • The Item is available through Amazon Prime.
  • Library customer must be in good standing with the Library (not owe more than $15.00 on your library card).
  • Textbooks and Study Guides will only be purchased if they have broad appeal to all audiences and will be added to the collection.
  • Best Sellers in alternative formats only (large print and audiobook)

How to use it:

Step 1: Fill out the Zip Book Request Form.

Step 2: Library staff will email or call to let you know what day to expect the book to arrive from Amazon or let you know if it is not available. Please contact us if you don’t receive your book on the day estimated.

Step 3: Keep the item as long as you want. When you are finished, return item to a staff member at the Redwood City Downtown Library during library open hours. Please inform staff that you are returning a Zip Book. The item must be returned in order to request an additional item.  If the item is returned through the book drop, it will not be taken off your account.  NOTE: Between March 20 and May 1, 2020, customers may request and keep up to 5 items at a time. Please keep all materials until library reopens.

Step 4: Repeat for a total of 5 times per month.


Zip Books is a statewide project of the California State Library and NorthNet.  The Project is funded by the California Library Services Act.