Local Indie Author Collection Policy

Lawrence Public Library is all about connecting readers and writers, and encourages local authors to submit their work for consideration for inclusion in the Library’s Local Indie Author Collection. The purpose of the Local Indie Author Collection is to highlight works by indie authors in the Northeast Kansas area that may be of local interest.


Lawrence Public Library’s Local Indie Author Collection includes works by authors who are current or long-time residents of the Library’s service area, or individuals who created works while living in the area.This collection may also include materials published locally, and works by creative artists whose works have been written, produced, and/or performed locally. Scholarly works not intended for a general interest (i.e. dissertation, theses, etc.) and books that are not bound in a way that they can withstand shelving and circulation will not be included.

Materials in the Local Indie Authors Collection will be subject to regular evaluation, and items in poor physical condition or that are not circulating regularly may be withdrawn.

The Library may accept one donated copy of a local author’s title. You may mail a copy and/or information about the work to:

Lawrence Public Library
Attn: Collection Development
707 Vermont St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Please include:
Telephone number(s)
Email address
Title of work
Name of author/contributor (if different)
Name of illustrator
Name of publisher
Place of publication
Date of publication
Audience (adult/teen/children)
Brief description of work

Collection Development staff will acknowledge receipt of your work within 30 days. We carefully evaluate all new books using the detailed selection criteria in the Library’s Collection Development Policy. You will receive notification regarding the Library’s decision within 90 days.

Acceptance of a donated copy of your work for the collection does not guarantee that it will be included in the Library’s Local Indie Author Collection or the Library’s general collection.

If the Library determines a work does not fit the criteria of the Local Indie Author Collection, the book will be donated to the Friends of the Library for their book sale. The item will not be returned to the author.

If you would like the library to purchase a copy, you can submit a purchase request as a patron, and it will be evaluated according to the general collection development policy.

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