Submission Terms & Conditions


Due to the fact that all LJ staffers are currently working from home, publishers are asked to temporarily suspend, as of March 2020, mailing physical copies to our New York office (123 William Street). Instead, please send PDFs or shareable digital copies to our book room assistant Tiara Nurse: Tiara will ensure that the information and file get to the appropriate editor.

Some additional notes:

  • Please clearly indicate the subject or genre of each submission.
  • Your submission email to Tiara should also include all the usual bibliographic information we require. You can put that information in the body of the email or attach it in a Word document.
  • If you are sending very large PDFs, you may want to consider using a service like
  • If you are sending a link to a digital file on NetGalley or Edelweiss, please make sure it is an open, shareable widget, as it will need to be forwarded and viewed by the assigning editor and the reviewer. We will respect copyright, as always, as will our reviewers.

There are some notable *special exceptions*—materials that we still prefer to receive as physical copies/galleys. These include:

  • Graphic Novels (for general adult audiences; we will take digital copies of graphic novels for children and teens)
  • Art and Architecture
  • Gardening
  • Photo-heavy travel guides
  • Any titles that are art- and design-heavy or include tactile elements.

For the above materials, we will work on a case-by-case, editor-by-editor basis. If you have materials that fall into these categories, please reach out to Stephanie Klose:

We realize that not all publishers will have PDFs or digital copies at the ready. We understand and are prepared to work with you on an individual basis.

Library Journal’s reviews are both positive and negative, and make recommendations both for and against purchase. Our reviewers are encouraged to compare newer titles to materials that are already held in most library collections. Each title is evaluated on its literary and illustrative quality, its clarity and accuracy of presentation, as well as its appeal to the intended audience.

Submission does not guarantee review. Due to the great volume of materials submitted and space limitations, we cannot review every work sent to us. The editors decide which books and multimedia materials to review based upon potential interest to LJ readers. All submissions of books and multimedia materials become the sole property of Mediasource, Inc.; requests for return of materials or other restrictions cannot be honored.

Due to the volume of materials received, receipt or acknowledgment of submitted materials is not possible. Similarly, information on the status of submitted material is not available. Publishers may request information and a copy of reviews of their materials by contacting their sales representative.

All reviews are final and not subject to change. Due to the volume of submissions and reviews in progress, it is not always possible to communicate with every publisher about the publication status of every review.


Library Journal reviews new general trade books, original paperbacks, e-originals, reference books, and professional development titles for librarians and educators. The reviews are available online and select reviews appear in our monthly publication. LJ reviews are also licensed to book distributors and vendors. Books are selected for their potential interest to a broad spectrum of libraries. Only a few areas of publishing fall outside LJ’s scope: textbooks, children’s books, very technical or specialized works (particularly those directed at a professional audience), and books in languages other than English. We do, however, consider bilingual editions. Books previously published abroad are eligible if they are being released here for the first time and have a U.S. distributor.

In order to be considered for review:

  • Books must be of national interest and be readily available from national distributors.
  • Review copies must be received at least three months before the month of publication. Books received later than that are generally not considered.
  • Review coverage is not automatic; many books submitted are not reviewed.

We will accept bound galleys, bound page proofs, or bound manuscripts (only one copy is necessary). Those publishers (small houses) that cannot supply advance bound galleys may submit finished books, but these should be sent as early as possible with the words “in lieu of galleys” and the publication date affixed to the cover. We generally avoid reviewing books later than date of publication, though we do make exceptions for reference and heavily illustrated works‚ if F & Gs are not available, send the finished book as early as possible.

To submit materials for review consideration:

  • Send materials along with following bibliographic information for each item: Author, title; name, address, and telephone number of publisher; date of publication; price; number of pages; and ISBN and LC numbers if available. Please indicate whether any illustrations, an index, or bibliography will be included; also include a brief description of the book, its intended audience, and information on the author’s background. Occasionally, an additional copy of a book may be requested.
  • Mail to: LJ Book Review, Library Journal, 123 William St., Suite 802, New York, NY 10038

Books that fall into the following categories may still be reviewed up to three months after their publication date:

  • Reference
  • Coffee-table books that are heavily illustrated
  • Art books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Crafts and DIY
  • Library Science
  • Poetry

Please follow up review galleys with a copy of the bound book. Neither books nor galleys can be returned.

For questions related to book submissions to LJ, please contact Stephanie Klose:


  • E-galleys should ideally be uploaded to NetGalley at least two months prior to publication date; our editors and their reviewers assigned particular galleys require a minimum of 60 days of access to e-galleys to account for production schedules, delays, and life emergencies.
  • That email must contain an open NetGalley widget to grant LJ auto-approved access to that title. The widget should not be associated with a particular email address, since multiple LJ editors/reviewers will need access. (For help with the widget, contact
  • That email should also contain the following title information:
    • Title, subtitle, author, publisher/imprint, publication date, page count, ISBN(s), price(s), e-formats, vendors, and if there are illustrations, photographs, an index, a glossary, a bibliography, or any special features that enrich the reading experience. If the book is part of a series, indicate the series name along with the volume/book number.
    • Concise, accurate catalog copy about a title’s plot, scope, author, and marketing plan. Questions we often ask ourselves while assigning that you should answer in advance: Is the book in question a debut? Will it have library-targeted marketing and include reading group guides? Have any of the author’s previous titles hit a best-sellers list or won awards? Is this a midlist author you’re hoping to break out?
    • Emphasis for seasonal lead titles. When making our review decisions, we take into account how much push a publisher is giving a book, so talk to us. What are your hopes for a title? How does it build up an author’s oeuvre or expand the genre?
  • As stated above, prepublication reviews are our goal, but we will consider works published within the last three months that hold special significance for library collections.

Graphic Novels

For review consideration, advance copies are appreciated, but not necessary; we prefer to review from the finished copy when available (unless the galley is very high quality). We do not review single-issue comics, only hardback or paperback compilations. Please send titles for review consideration as close to the publishing date as possible. Bibliographic information and promotional materials should be included in your email. If advance copies of a title with color illustrations are in black and white, please send or make available sample color pages or a color pdf. Please submit materials to Anja Webb:

Audio Recordings

Please submit CDs for review as soon as they are available‚ whenever possible, at least two months prior to their release. Promotional material must accompany each audiobook, noting publication date, number of discs, number of hours, whether abridged/unabridged, narrator, category, ISBN, and price. Please also specify whether an MP3-CD and/or digital downloadable edition is available. Send audio recordings to Stephanie Klose:

Online Resources and Databases

Reference products and online resources, designed for both general and academic users, should be sent to Mahnaz Dar:

Collection Development & Readers’ Advisory Columns

In addition to reviews, LJ also publishes subject or genre-specific review columns and articles on collection development and/or readers’ advisory. Publishers may request a list of the planned columns and special roundups on the editorial calendar from their sales rep. To submit materials for potential coverage in a specific column or article, contact Neal Wyatt:

Author Interviews and Q&As

To pitch an author for special coverage in LJ, contact Stephanie Klose:


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