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 Computers in Libraries/CIL's Library Resource Guide, an online source for library systems hardware and software, online databases, books and periodicals, day-to-day supplies, and many other products and services for the library community from Information Today, Inc.
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 Buyers' Guide
Directory of information management company partners of AIIM - The Global Community of Information Professionals.
AIIP Business Directory
Directory of information industry business owners of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP).
CONSULT Online - Special Libraries Association (SLA)
This database of member consultants is maintained and made available by the Special Libraries Association. 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.
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.
Book and Audio-Visual Media Distributors/Wholesalers, Periodical Subscription Service Vendors to Libraries
See these listings for distributors and wholesalers (also sometimes called jobbers and dealers), companies that libraries contact to place orders for books and audio-visual media (as mentioned on ALA Library Fact Sheet 5 - Marketing to Libraries) - such as DVDs, audiobooks, downloadable/streaming audio and video, etc. - as well as for subscription vendors contacted to subscribe to various and several periodicals - magazines, newsletters, journals, etc., in print and/or digital formats - collectively (please note that the Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries voted to dissolve as of July 31, 2015) from the resources named above:
- Book Wholesalers and Distributors (of books and audio-visual media) and Subscription Service in the American Libraries Buyers Guide
- Distributors/Wholesalers - Books/Periodicals/Media in the Librarian's Yellow Pages
Library RFPs (Requests for Proposal)
ALA posts only its own RFPs on its website. Websites that do host library RFPs include:
And you may want to check the websites of the state libraries, some of which post RFPs from individual libraries within that state as well as for themselves: State Libraries
Last updated: August 2015
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