Libraries Unlimited - Professional Development

Join the Libraries Unlimited Publishing Partnership

Libraries Unlimited is the professional development imprint of ABC-CLIO and the premier publisher of professional and educational resources for librarians and information services specialists. Our line encompasses prestigious library science textbooks, information science materials, professional handbooks, and monographs as well as manuals for library educators, practicing librarians, and school librarians. Our series include the Library and Information Science Text series, Crash Course series, Best Book series, and many more. By becoming a Libraries Unlimited author, you will be joining the ranks of some of the most respected and innovative thinkers in the Library and Information Science field—and sharing your knowledge and experience with professionals and colleagues around the world.

Become an Author
Why Publish with Libraries Unlimited?
  • Collaborate with experienced editors with years of professional and publishing experience. Our editors have won numerous accolades and honors and are thought leaders in library reference, inquiry, teacher/librarian collaboration, ILS, and much more. They are available to you at conferences and other professional gatherings, via the phone, and of course by email.
  • Our editors are often bestselling professional development authors themselves. They are eager to partner with you. They will work to turn your idea into a proposal, your proposal into a manuscript, and your manuscript into a book. Our editors will be with you every step of the way.
  • eBooks. We make our eBooks available simultaneously to all major eBook vendors. Authors share in all eBook revenue and are given free access to their eBook publication.
  • A multi-platform professional development program. Libraries Unlimited’s publishing assets include digital subscription products for librarians, notably School Library Connection and ARBAonline. These platforms will bring your own book greater attention and visibility.

  • Praeger, Greenwood, and ABC-CLIO. The other imprints and digital products of ABC-CLIO complement Libraries Unlimited. Your book will benefit from this increased exposure, publicity, and marketing to the library market.
Submit Your Proposal

NOTE: Before sending your proposal, please e-mail our acquisitions editors to review your ideas. Please provide the following information:

  • Working title
  • Purpose statement: explain the intent of the work, who it is for, and why it is needed
  • Scope statement: describe the work’s specific areas of coverage
  • Objectives: identify the benefits readers will derive from the work
  • Methodology: explain how you will research or compose the work
  • Tentative outline: show how the work will be organized
  • Competition or related works: identify similar titles and how your work will differ
  • Approximate length (in pages or words)
  • Resume or bio statement: describe why you are qualified to write this book

NOTE: Our sample proposal template may help you prepare your materials. Click here to view the Libraries Unlimited proposal memo template.

We welcome your ideas and look forward to working with you!


List of Libraries Unlimited Acquisition Editors

Please do not send your proposal to more than one editor.

You may send a proposal by mail to any of the editors using the mailing address below.

Mailing Address:

Acquisitions Department, Libraries Unlimited


P.O. Box 1911

Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911

School Library Books

Sharon Coatney,

Public and Academic Library Books

Jessica Gribble,

Digital Publishing and General Inquiries

David Paige,

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For Current Authors
Royalties FAQs
Where can authors contact ABC-CLIO regarding their royalty statements?

Email This email address is printed on the statements that the authors receive.

Will authors receive a statement regardless if they are due monies in accordance with their contract?


Why are the indexing charges deducted from my royalties?

Unless negotiated otherwise, the author is responsible for the indexing. If the index was not completed by the author, then the expenses incurred by ABC-CLIO will be deducted from royalties.

Why does my statement indicate that I am due money but no check is included?

Per our contracts, payments will not be made for balances under $100. The balance owed will be rolled into your next royalty cycle, and will be added to any additional royalties earned.

How can authors obtain the definition of terms that appear in the royalty statement?

Definition of Terms

How can authors update their addresses and submit W9/W8 forms?

Authors should update their addresses and submit W9/W8 forms using the Author Center. Click Here to log in to the Author Center.



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Permission Requests

Permissions requests are processed through the Copyright Clearance Center. Processing times vary, but requests typically require one to six weeks. Please do not submit duplicate requests. Submit a permissions request

For university repository and film permissions, please submit your inquiry to:

Author Center

The Author Center is a tool that was developed to streamline the exchange of information between authors, editors, and the ABC-CLIO Books team. Taking a few minutes to tour the website using this simple guide will help you learn about the information that is available to you in the Author Center and the tasks you should complete.

Click Here to login to the Author Center. 

Marketing Tips for ABC-CLIO Authors

Congratulations on taking the next step in publishing your work! Click here to learn about simple marketing tricks to increase your publication’s exposure.

Purchasing Books for Personal Use or Events and Appearances

For Personal Use

Authors or contributors purchasing their own book for personal use will receive a 40% discount plus shipping and handling. Sales tax will be charged, if applicable, for the state where the shipment is sent.

For Author Events and Appearances

ABC-CLIO encourages authors to arrange book-signing events, speaking engagements, and other appearances on their own. ABC-CLIO does not solicit appearances on the author’s behalf.

Because publication dates are subject to change, it is inadvisable to plan any events within two months of the book's scheduled publication date without first checking with your editor.

Ordering and Sales Policy

Books for events are discounted 40% off the list price. A 9% shipping and handling fee will apply. Sales tax will be charged, if applicable, based on the state of the event.  Books for events are not sold on consignment; prepayment is required   MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express are accepted.

The host organization (conference bookstore, bookstore, or lecture location) must contact customer service with the book order no later than two weeks (four weeks if outside the US/Canada) prior to the event.

All inquiries and orders for personal use and events should be sent to:


Phone: 800-368-6868 (Press 3)

Fax: 805-685-9685
Return Policy

Undamaged, re-sellable books (i.e., not signed, bent, or broken; no ripped pages, etc.) can be returned within 60 days of the purchase date. Click here to review our return policy.

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Author Business Cards

You can design and print your own author business cards here.

For detailed instructions on how to design and print your author business cards, click here.

Please contact Kristen Beach at if you require assistance creating your cards.


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