America’s over 123,000 libraries fall into four basic types: Public, School, Academic, and Special (armed forces, government, corporate). Like most bookstores, libraries purchase content from book vendors like Ingram rather than directly from publishers. It’s much easier for them to get all their thousands of book orders from one location than it is for them to try to place orders from one thousand individuals. So right off the bat, if your book isn’t in a library vendor catalog, you are behind the curve ball.
Book vendors work with libraries to create profiles that fit what type of content the library wants in its collection. Even though the stigma around self-publishing is improving in the library world, it can still be a challenge today to bring your indie title to a librarian’s attention, which is why the below are so important.