Join the Libraries Unlimited Publishing Partnership

For librarians looking to make a difference.

Libraries Unlimited is the professional development imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC and the premier publisher of professional and educational resources for librarians and information services specialists. 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, sharing your knowledge and experience with professionals and colleagues around the world.

Become an Author

Our people. Collaborate with experienced editorial professionals. Our editors have won numerous accolades and honors and held leadership roles in the field. We strive for excellence and a gratifying, professional partnership. We’re available to you at conferences and other professional gatherings via the phone, and of course by email.

Our reputation. Libraries Unlimited’s standing as a publisher in library and information science is unmatched. From our preeminent LIS textbook line, to cutting-edge professional development books for practitioners and classic library reference tools, our books and authors are leaders in the field.

Our platform. We attract attention for our authors and their work through both numerous marketing contacts and  digital channels such as our next-generation professional development suite for K-12 librarians, School Library Connection. Our platform for digital textbook companions allows authors to supplement and refresh their material between editions to keep their textbooks current.

Our community. Libraries Unlimited staff and authors form a tight-knit community of friends and colleagues committed to one another’s success and to publishing the greatest resources and contemporary scholarship in the field. Join us!

Before sending your proposal, please email 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)
  • Résumé or bio statement: describe why you are qualified to write this book

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

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

Please do not send your proposal to more than one editor. You may send a proposal by email to any of the editors below:

School Library Books
Sharon Coatney,

Public and Academic Library Books
Jessica Gribble,

Digital Publishing and General Inquiries
David Paige,

Current Authors


Definition of Terms to understand the terms that appear on your royalty statement. 

When will authors receive their royalty checks and/or statements?
Both royalty checks and statements will be sent based upon the specified date in the author’s contracts. There are multiple royalty cycles, and accounting is working off these contract due dates.

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 added to any additional royalties earned.

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.

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:

The Author Center is a tool that was developed to streamline the exchange of information between authors, editors, and the ABC-CLIO marketing team. Taking a few minutes to tour the website using this simple author guide (PDF) 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.

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

For Personal Use
Authors or contributors purchasing their own print 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. The 40% author discount does not apply to eBook purchases.

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
Print 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:
800-368-6868 x550

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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