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Adopt an Author

Do you have a favorite author?

Would you like to help the library?

In 1996, the library started a program called “Adopt-an-Author.” First suggested by a library supporter who had seen a similar plan in a Vermont library, the Adopt-an-Author program allows patrons to support favorite authors by agreeing to pay for books/items the library purchases written by their author. Here’s how it works:

Authors – Choose an author. Authors are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You may also adopt a performer or composer, or another format,such as large print books, audio books, magazines, or DVD series. You aren’t limited to living authors, because the library regularly purchases new copies of classics and other books by authors no longer writing. We also occasionally purchase new copies of previously published titles to replace items that have been lost/damaged/worn or to fill in gaps in our collection of an authors works, these titles are also included in the program.

Agreement – Sign a form agreeing to participate in the program. Unless specified for a specific time period, your adoption will continue until we are notified that you no longer wish to adopt that author. The Adopt-an-Author program is not appropriate for donating a single book/item, but is for supporting all works published by a particular author for a designated or open time period.

Copies – Choose to pay either for the first copy or for all copies of each title the library purchases. The library buys one copy of most titles, but we may buy as many as 5 or 6 copies of Alaskana or the most popular fiction authors.

Notification – We’ll notify you when your books or other items arrive by emailing or mailing you a notification. Your author’s title will be reserved for you, and, once you’ve paid the invoice, you can be the first to check it out.

Cost – Adopters pay the library’s actual cost, which can be discounted as much as 42%. You’ll receive a receipt, and donations to the library are tax-deductible.

Acknowledgement – Each book purchased will have a book plate with the adopter’s name. When we have multiple copies, the book plate might not be in the specific copy you receive to checkout, but will on one of the copies in our collection.


I agree to pay for*
of any items the Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries purchase written by the author or performed by the artist listed below
starting in the fiscal year (July 1–June 30)*
I understand that a copy of each item by this author or artist that is purchased for the library will automatically be placed on reserve for me and that I will be offered the first circulation of that item, upon payment of the invoice. I understand all decisions concerning the selection and location of all library materials are the library’s responsibility.
Author or Artist:*
Library Card Number:*
Adopt-An-Author agreement's require the applicants signature. You must come by the Noel Wien Library at 1215 Cowles Street, Fairbanks, AK and sign this agreement prior to any purchases being made by the FNSB Public Libraries.
Todays Date:
The Library’s Materials Selection Policy, which is the policy that guides the selection of all library materials, is available upon request at the library or may be accessed through the library's web page.
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