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Public Library Director Toolkit

Cooperative Purchasing

General Library Supplies

From genre stickers and book covers to mending supplies and colorful displays, these vendors have almost anything you could wish for:

Book covering machines can be helpful to speed up the time it takes to process new materials:

For more information about mending supplies for the library, see the Processing and Mending page of this LibGuide.


All libraries can sign up for a TechSoup account to purchase reasonably priced hardware and software. If you need a new computer, projector, or even a subscription to Microsoft Office, this is a great place to start.

Mailing Supplies

Book Drop Alternative






Book-returns can be expensive to purchase or replace. A Demco product, for example, can run $800–$4,000. We recognize that this price range isn’t possible for many libraries, so we have found a solution. Consider using an architectural mailbox like this one.

The Elephantrunk Parcel Drop Box ranges in price from $220–$320 and comes in four different colors. It can easily be bolted into the cement outside of your library and treated like a regular book drop (at a fraction of the cost). This drop box satisfies the standard to have an after-hours book return at your library and allows your patrons to safely return their materials at their convenience.

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Many of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.