ZIP Books

About ZIP Books

ZIP Books is a way for Paso Robles City Library cardholders to request books that are not available in the Black Gold Catalog and are potential additions to the library’s permanent collection. (Paso Robles library cards are 14 digits beginning with 22138 . . . .) The item is ordered and shipped to patrons directly from Amazon Prime. Up to three (3) items per month may be ordered. There are no fees for this service.

ZIP Books Requests Are:

  • Hardcovers, Large Print Editions, DVDs and CD Audiobooks
  • Books that are not currently in the Black Gold Catalog
  • Books in the Black Gold Catalog but not in the desired format (e.g. Large Print, Audiobooks)
  • Available on Amazon for less than $50 and $75 for foreign language and CD Audiobook

Textbooks, Self-Published Books, Study Guides, Test Preparation, Curriculum Materials, and any other items that do not meet the Paso Robles City Library collection development guidelines will not be considered.

Requesting a ZIP Books

Step 1.  Fill out the ZIP Books Request Form

Step 2.  Within one week, a Library Staff member will confirm that your request has been processed. This item will be checked out to your account. Most orders arrive within three days from the confirmation email. The confirmation email will also provide the due date and specific instructions on how to return the item. If your ZIP Books request is not approved, you will be notified.  

Step 3.  You will receive a package from Amazon Prime along with a packing slip identifying the item as a ZIP Books. Please retain this slip and return it with the item. 

Returning a ZIP Books

Since our ZIP Books do not have any Paso Robles City Library markings or tags, it is important you hand the item to a staff member when you return it to the Library.  If you cannot return the item during business hours, please place a secure note or receipt designating it as a ZIP Book and drop it in our book drop, located outside the library on 11th Street. This will ensure that your ZIP Books are not lost or considered a donation. Unreturned items will be considered lost and replacement fees will be charged to your account.  

Loan Period

All ZIP Books are on loan for a three-week period (21 days) starting on the day it is delivered. ZIP Books are not automatically renewed; however, you may renew your items by calling the Paso Robles City Library at (805) 237-3870. Unreturned items will be considered lost and replacement fees will be charged to your account.


This item was purchased for the Library through ZIP Books, a statewide project of the NorthNet Library System and Califa Group, funded by the California State Library, and the Paso Robles Library Foundation.

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