Library Products, Services, and Consultants
ALA Library Fact Sheet 9
The American Library Association (ALA) is often asked for the names, addresses, and phone numbers of companies that sell products and services to libraries. The ALA does not endorse products or companies. Neither can the ALA refer anyone to a specific company, as this would necessarily preclude naming other companies whose products are as good (or better) than the one named. The resources listed below will help you locate companies best suited to your needs and geographic limitations.
Library Products and Services
ALA's American Libraries Buyers Guide is an online resource designed to help in locating companies and vendors that provide a wide array of library products and services.
The guide can be searched by category or by keyword. The search can be limited by state or narrowed down by proximity to a specific zip code.
Download a free application that makes the directory accessible from your computer desktop.
Use the Request For Information (RFI) page to contact library vendors and suppliers with your questions directly.
Feel free to contact the American Libraries Buyers Guide directly with any questions.
The Librarian's Yellow Pages is an online directory of library vendor listings.
The Library Resource Guide is a listing of library products and services compiled by Information Today as a supplement to its American Library Directory. Information Today also publishes the magazine, Computers in Libraries, whose July/August issue includes its annual Buyer's Guide, a directory of computer hardware and software suppliers and services whose listings are duplicated online.
Library Consultants Lists
Note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute or imply endorsement or certification by either the American Library Association (ALA) or the organization sponsoring the list.
AIIM Solutions Provider Directory
Directory of information management company partners of AIIM - The Global Community of Information Professionals.
AIIP Member Directory
Directory of information industry business owners of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP).
CONSULT Online - Special Libraries Association (SLA)
Database of SLA members who wish to be listed in the consultants database. A search on this database is free and is available to members and nonmembers interested in locating a consultant who may assist, on a normal commercial basis, with such areas as library management, technical services, and subject specialty. This database of member consultants is maintained and made available by the Special Libraries Association. It does not constitute endorsement or support of any listing in the database by Special Libraries Association and SLA assumes no responsibility for the listings in or as a result of the use of this database.
Library Consultants Directory Online
Directory for libraries and library consultants. Each consultant provides his/her own directory information. LibraryConsultants.org does not endorse anyone listed, nor the quality of his or her work. Three recent projects are included for each consultant. The list is searchable by name, expertise, and state.
Directories by Specialty - Serials Vendors
Directory of ASA Members
Directory of all ASA member companies. The Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries (ASA) is the international trade association serving subscriptions agents, sales agents and other intermediaries providing products and services within the professional and scholarly information supply chain.
Book and Audio-Visual Media Distributors/Wholesalers to Libraries
See these listings for distributors and wholesalers (also sometimes called jobbers and dealers), companies that libraries often contact to place orders for books and audio-visual media - such as DVDs, audiobooks, downloadable audio and video, etc. - (as mentioned on ALA Library Fact Sheet 5 - Marketing to Libraries) from the resources named above:
- Book Wholesalers and Distributors (of books and audio-visual media) in the American Libraries Buyers Guide
- Book Publishers / Distributors / Wholesalers and Audio Publishers / Distributors / Wholesalers and Video Publishers / Distributors / Wholesalers in the Librarian's Yellow Pages
Last updated: April 2014
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