Ingram Helps the Chicago Public Library Put Title Selection in the Hands of Patrons


NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that the Chicago Public Library has selected its comprehensive library service solutions to support a large-scale Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) pilot for print books.

The innovative Chicago Public Library program puts the power of content selection into patrons' hands. In a time of budget constraints and fiscal accountability, the patron driven print initiative streamlines content selection for the library and provides comprehensive tools to purchase books that are wanted books, saving valuable time and resources.

“It’s rewarding for us to support the Chicago Public Library’s PDA initiative, knowing that we are bridging the gap between what patrons want and what they have access to in their local library,” said Dan Sheehan, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Content Group library services. “By understanding the library’s large-scale needs and goals for the PDA program, we were able to implement a cost-efficient solution that is basically maintenance-free for the library, giving them freedom to focus on other areas.”

The Chicago Public Library received a $300,000 grant from the Illinois State Library to conduct the PDA pilot over two years. The library selected Ingram to manage the innovative program. To launch the PDA pilot, Ingram created hand-tailored lists for adult fiction, non-fiction, and youth titles, and the bibliographic records for these books were added to the library's online catalog. When an item is requested by a patron, a purchase is triggered, a report is generated for the library, and the library places an order with Ingram. At the conclusion of the project, Chicago Public Library will own approximately 13,000 new reading and informational materials.

Through its rich and current book collections, state of the art technology, and cultural and public partnerships, the Chicago Public Library is a thriving, engaged leader in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. With 80 locations, the library provides free access to a rich collection of physical and digital materials and is known for its high quality author discussions, exhibits, and programs for children, teens, and adults. Ingram has been a valued supplier to the Chicago Public Library for more than a decade.

About Chicago Public Library
The Chicago Public Library continues to encourage lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment, and knowledge through materials, programs, and cutting-edge technology. Through its 80 locations, the Library provides free access to a rich collection of materials, both physical and digital, and presents the highest quality author discussions, exhibits, and programs for children, teens and adults. For more information, visit

About Ingram
Ingram Content Group (“Ingram”) is comprised of several subsidiaries to Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram includes a comprehensive suite of publishing industry services companies that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. Committed to the success of its partners, Ingram works closely with publishers, retailers, libraries and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Group LLC, Lightning Source LLC, VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Periodicals LLC, Ingram International, Ingram Library Services LLC, Spring Arbor Distributors, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Tennessee Book Company LLC, and ICG Ventures LLC.