Called “Zip Books for Rural Libraries,” the initiative replaces ILL with a “buy v. borrow” procurement model. If a patron in good standing of any of the 30 participating libraries wants a book the library hasn’t got, the library buys it from Amazon, as long as it costs less than $35 pretax. (More expensive requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.)
The book is shipped directly to the patron, without a finite lending period. When they’re done, patrons simply return the book to their local branch, where the librarian evaluates the item as to whether it will be added to the collection or sold at the library book sale, etc.