What We Do

BookOps acquires, describes, prepares, and delivers new items for the circulating collections of Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and New York Public Library (NYPL), and for the general collections of NYPL’s research libraries. 

Selection Team
  • Selects and orders more than 1 million items annually for the circulating collections of Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library 
Acquisitions Department
  • Orders, pays for, and receives new materials, including firm orders and approval plans 
  • Orders and pays for shelf-ready materials drop-shipped to branches 
  • Orders and posts payments for serials subscriptions and standing orders 
  • Receives all irregularly issued serials (invoiced individually) 
  • Licenses and establishes access to e-resources 
  • Monitors general and special book fund expenditures 
Cataloging Department
  • Catalogs general collection materials in all formats including books, periodicals, audiovisual media, and electronic resources 
  • Updates the catalogs for BPL and NYPL and maintains the quality of catalog records 
  • Participates in national cooperative cataloging programs 
Collections Processing Unit
  • Labels newly cataloged materials in all formats 
  • Links item barcodes to catalog records for circulating collections 
  • Sends soft cover books to commercial library binders; sends damaged hardcover items for rebinding 
Logistics Department
  • Sorts and distributes newly processed collections among 150 library buildings covering 4 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island 
  • Distributes First Class and inter-office mail and book returns for BPL and NYPL 
  • Operates a fleet of 10 delivery vehicles including one climate-controlled van dedicated to transport of special collections 
  • Staffs mailrooms in NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, and the Science, Industry and Business Library