Local Author Policy

Our Policy

Authors and creators who live within Erie or Crawford counties, or whose works are based in Erie or Crawford counties, may donate one copy of their material for possible inclusion in the library’s collection.

Erie County Public Library will review donated materials, but does not guarantee their inclusion in the collection. Once donated, items become the property of the Library and will not be returned. Items not included will be repurposed in accordance with our gift policy.

Donation Guidelines

Erie County Public Library welcomes the opportunity to support and promote the creative and literary expression of our community. The following guidelines apply to works created in any format:

  • Authors must reside in Erie or Crawford Counties, or their work must be based in the Erie and/or Crawford County environs.
  • The library will accept one copy of each title. Authors may donate up to three titles per year.
  • Materials must be bound and formatted in a way that enables circulation, ease of use, and durability. The library will only accept physical formats, i.e. books, CDs, and DVDs. Items must be in new condition.

As with all library materials, the library will apply the same inclusion and retention guidelines as stated in the general collection development policy. The library reserves the right to include or exclude any title from the collection for any reason. Materials provided to the Library may be removed for any reason, at any time.

All donated materials become the property of Erie County Public Library and cannot be returned to the donor for any reason.

The library cannot acknowledge receipt of your work, nor can we notify you of our final decision. We cannot meet with individuals to discuss their work.

Materials included in the collection will be indicated with a local collection label and will be searchable in the catalog.

The library will not provide professional reviews, promotion, or marketing of an author’s work, whether the materials are included or excluded.

Questions about this policy can be sent to library-collections@eriecountypa.gov


Please complete the following form in order for your work to be considered for inclusion in the Erie County Public Library collection.