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.
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: