What are Zip books? 

Books (print or audio) are delivered to you free and directly from Amazon, which you return to your local library when you are done.

Wow, Sounds Cool. Who Sponsors This?

This is a grant program funded by the California State Library. 

What’s the Catch?

None! But this service is for books the library does not own, and there are some parameters:

  • You must have a library card in good standing with the Ventura County Library
  • You are limited to 10 books a month
  • You may order all 10 you are allowed at once or can order them in smaller batches or individually – but remember, only 10 in a month in total.*
  • Titles must be available from Amazon Prime
  • Print books must be valued under $50.  Audiobooks and foreign language books can be valued up to $75
  • Books should not be available at our library (no prepublication orders or brand new releases please)
  • Please do not order textbooks or workbooks meant to be written in

*If you have books you’d like us to buy beyond the 10 books you’ve ordered, please use our “Make a Suggestion” form.  If the book you want doesn’t qualify (maybe it’s out of print), please use our InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service.

How Do I Order Zipbooks?

Just fill out the form below! (But you might want to check our catalog and Amazon to see if a book is currently available from us and meets the criteria above). Please give us time to place the order. Sorry, but we do not notify you when orders have been placed.

What Do I Do After My Zipbook is Delivered?

  • Enjoy your book
  • After three weeks, return the book to your library branch and hand it to the staff, please.  Put the Amazon receipt in the book, so we know it was a Zipbook (or put a note inside the book)

What Happens to the Book After I Return It?

If the book meets our Collection Development Criteria, we will put it in our collection. 

More Questions?


Form is below

VCL 14 digit barcode card number (begins with 23129...)

Your first and last name
Your street address

Book title you are requesting

The author of the title you are requesting

The ISBN helps us find the correct item

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