THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN BY THE BIA (STAFF CONTINUE TO DELIVER BOOKS TO NAVAJO NATION CHAPTERS).
Book Distribution Services must comply with certain IRS Tax Exempt Guidelines and Regulations governing the administration of the program, at the same time assure that eligible participants receiving the books or materials understand and comply with these guidelines and regulations.
The Navajo Nation and all participants receiving books and other materials must adhere to the following guidelines and regulations.
- In compliance with IRS Regulations, Section 170 "Charitable Contribution", the books and other materials must be distributed to the ill, the needy, and the institutionalized, and/or children.
- The books and materials cannot be redistributed to tribal, private, or public school systems, colleges and universities, or local libraries because these are the publisher's prime markets.
Navajo Book Distribution Services (NBDS) was administratively placed under the Office of Navajo Nation Library in October 1989. NBDS distributes free reading materials and non-book materials to an identified group; the ill, handicapped, financially deprived, etc. In that respect, Navajo Nation residents qualify for this free book distribution. NBDS secures book donations from U. S. Publishing firms through their IRS 501 (c) (3) non-profit status. U.S. Publishing firms are allowed by IRS to donate 10% of their current publications to non-profit organization.
The Navajo Book Distribution began in June 1983 and through its initial efforts received 50,000 donated books for distribution purposes. The Book Distribution Services has evolved into United State's largest Native American Book Distribution Program. Due its success, it has become a distribution site from which other southwestern Native American tribes (in addition to the Navajo Nation) receive free print and non-print materials.
The free book distribution project has surmounted anyone's expectations from initially receiving 50,000 books to presently distributing an average of 15,000 books a month. Distribution services are provided to the entire 26,878 square mile reservation. In 1998, the Book Project distributed 120,000+ books to the 110 chapters across the Navajo Nation.
MOBILE BOOK PROJECT
The Mobile Book Project is currently implemented through deliveries of books and non-book materials to Chapters located in the Arizona portion of the reservation and the New Mexico/Utah portion of the Navajo Nation. The "mobile book project" distributes free books to almost every chapter on Navajo Nation (a few chapter refused our services due to lack of facility space).
Office of Navajo Nation Library
Book Distribution Services (Navajo Book Project)
P.O. Box 1484
Gallup, New Mexico