Firm Order Service

Worldwide Books welcomes orders from libraries interested in ordering on a title-by-title basis; all library orders receive automatically the same discounts on American trade and university press titles as are offered to our approval plan clients (10-20% discount on most trade and university press publications).

In addition to accepting orders for titles that are announced in our newsletter, Worldwide also welcomes orders for new or forthcoming art books or exhibition catalogues that may not yet appear in our listings; we also accept special orders from libraries looking to acquire previously published titles that are still in print. Libraries may submit inquiries using the General Inquiry form that appears on the Contact menu of our Web site. Please do not send inquiries regarding titles known to be out of print, as we are unable to offer search services for out-of-print titles. Inquiries will be researched and processed as promptly as possible, with approval plan subscribers receiving priority attention.

Approval Plan Program

For almost 60 years, Worldwide Books has offered reliable collection-development and acquisition services to libraries collecting strongly in the areas of art, architecture, photography and design. As a leading specialist in the selection and distribution of art-exhibition catalogues and other books on art, Worldwide provides thorough and systematic coverage of titles from hundreds of museums and galleries throughout the world, while also offering comprehensive coverage of new art books from scores of the leading American trade and university presses.

Worldwide is highly regarded for the depth and breadth of its coverage, and for its flexible, expertly administered approval-plan program. Plan subscribers are ensured a balanced and conscientious selection of publications on all aspects of art and art history, while saving valuable staff time otherwise consumed by complex search and ordering processes. Our many standard plans can be customized as desired, and special plans can be designed to suit any collection profile or budget. Modifications to a plan may be implemented at any time, and subscribers are granted unrestricted return privileges.

Worldwide’s library clients automatically receive favorable discounts on most of the American trade and university-press publications that we offer; titles from university presses and most small presses are routinely discounted 10%, while those from major American trade publishers are discounted 20%.

Our Approval Plan Programs distinguish between two primary types of publications as noted below:

Additional information relating to the Approval Plan Programs: