Zip Books

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Zip Books delivers the library to your door!

The Zip Books program is a free and fast alternative to traditional Interlibrary Loan services. Patrons may request books and get them delivered straight to their home for free! Then, when they are finished with the book, they simply return it to any Torrance Library location.


  • Participants in the program must be a resident of Torrance and have an active library card with the Torrance Public Library.  A patron may request any book or Book on CD that the library doesn’t already own, or may request the same title as long as it is printed in an alternative format (large print, Book on CD, regular print, etc.).
  • Requests may not exceed $50 (pre-tax) for books, or $75 (pre-tax) for Books on CD and the publication date cannot be newer than 1 year.  Once the request has been approved, the item will be shipped directly to the patron’s home address via Amazon Prime’s 2-day delivery. 
  • Patrons may keep the book for up to 6 weeks with no renewals. When they are finished, they must return the item personally to any staff member working at the Circulation Desk at any Torrance Public library, and mention that it is a Zip Book. 
  • Patrons may request up to five Zip Books per month, but can only have one Zip Book out at one time.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and library closures, patrons with a Zip Book may keep it in their possession until Torrance Libraries reopen.  

The Zip Books program  is funded by the California State Library and administered by the NorthNet Library System.



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Zip Books Patron Request

Please complete the following form to request a book or audiobook sent directly to your home from Amazon Prime. 

For questions or assistance with this form, please call (310) 781-7599

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