Public Library Opens Internet Shopping Site

Apr 18, 2003

In an effort to offset budget cuts, the Woodland Public Library in Woodland, CA has come up with a unique fundraising scheme: they have opened an Internet shopping mall. Called Shop for the Library, the site features more than 200 merchants, including, EBay, and Expedia. Every purchase initiated through the Shop for the Library Web site generates a commission for the Woodland Public Library. The merchants who participate in Shop for the Library agree to give the library between 2 and 55 percent of all sales referred from the Shop for the Library site. The library has received a grant to cover the costs of setting up Shop for the Library, and all proceeds now go to public support services. The library also sells its own items including cards, posters, and apparel items based on images from local archives. Woodland's collection was created through, an online venture that lets any organization or individual upload jpeg images (on which they own the copyright or from the public domain), and use them to create gift items. Other libraries selling merchandise through Zazzle include the California History Collection of the California State Library and UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library. Shop for the Library is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.

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