For the purposes of this policy, local authors are defined as current residents of Waukesha County, Wisconsin. In general, the Library does not collect self-published materials from non-Waukesha County residents.
Menomonee Falls Public Library appreciates local authors who are willing to support the Library by donating their works. The Library does not purchase unsolicited materials. Whenever possible, the Library wishes to recognize the literary efforts of local authors by including their works in the collection. However, we are not able to add all donated material to the collection. Works must meet the selection criteria and standards as detailed in the Library’s Collection Development Policy. These criteria include professional reviews, author qualifications and community demand.
Attempts are made to acquire titles by local authors who are published by mainstream publishers. Titles that are self-published are not added to the collection unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Exceptions may be made for materials by local authors who create community interest by being featured in library or community sponsored programs, as well as those professionally reviewed or publicized via local media.
All authors must donate the item to be considered for addition to the collection, along with the Form for Consideration of Donated Works by Local and Self-Published Authors. The author is encouraged to provide any available professional reviews of the material. Reader reviews on Amazon or other online sites are not considered as part of the review process.
All donated materials become the property of Menomonee Falls Public Library and are examined by Library staff to determine which will be added to the collection. If a donation is not selected for the collection, it may be placed in a book sale benefiting Menomonee Falls Public Library.
If a donation is added to the collection, it may not remain there in perpetuity and may be removed as part of ongoing collection maintenance.