The library purchases books, CDs, DVDs, subscription services, and other collection-related materials for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Many of the materials are purchased using multi-year contract agreements that are created after going through a formal solicitation process. This allows the library ordering staff to purchase most of the collection in a productive, time-saving manner.
Specialized or foreign language items that are not available through the contracted providers are sourced in a variety of ways. Local, foreign, and online providers are used to procure the remaining targeted collection items.
Maintenance, Repair, and Operations: Purchasing & Contracting Opportunities
In addition to the collection-related materials for public use, the Santa Clara County Library District purchases a wide range of goods and services each year to keep library operations running smoothly. Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) procurement includes:
- Office supplies & equipment
- Janitorial supplies & services
- Printing Services
- Computers & peripherals
- Furniture & carpeting
- Miscellaneous professional consulting services
In accordance with our Procurement Policy, we strive to provide for the fair and equitable treatment of all persons involved in the purchasing process, to obtain the highest possible value in exchange for public funds, and to safeguard the quality and integrity of the purchasing system.