This program is funded by the California State Library and is currently on hiatus pending new funding allocation.
What is Zip Books?
Zip Books is an innovative alternative to traditional inter-library loan. You may request a book or an audiobook that is not available at any Santa Barbara Public Library location to be delivered to your home, free of charge.
Which titles are eligible?
Placing a Request?
A request can be made with library staff in-person, on the phone at 805-962-7653, or via email at .
What if my requested title does not fit the Zip Books criteria?
If the item is located within the Black Gold Cooperative, but not any of our library locations, you may want to consider placing a hold on the item and have it sent to your local library location for your convenience.
If the item is not found within the catalog, you might want to consider placing an inter-library (ILL) request. Please note that the inter-library loan fee is $15.00 per requested item, due at the time you receive the ILL request at your local library location.
If you would like to request a book that is not yet published, please submit your suggestion using our Purchase Suggestion Form.
Zip Books is a partnership between the California State Library and the NorthNet Library System. The project is supported in part by California Library Services Act funds.