Changes for purchasing bibliotheca® products coming soon for OhioNET members!

After much consideration, OhioNET has decided not to renew our distributor contract with bibliotheca® for 2021. As we prepare to end this contract, we are committed to helping our member libraries locate new sources for obtaining bibliotheca materials.

Starting March 1, 2021, member libraries can get competitive pricing and place orders for bibliotheca products through Minitex, a library consortium based in Minnesota. For over 30 years, Minitex has served as a distributor of 3M and bibliotheca products. Minitex has a strong relationship with bibliotheca, and both organizations are located in the same community.

As a non-profit consortium and a program of the University of Minnesota, Minitex’s focus is on supporting and helping libraries. Ordering through them starts with registering as a new customer. There is no membership or registration fee required for OhioNET members to purchase bibliotheca supplies from Minitex. Once registered, ordering is easy, and credit card purchasing is available. Visit the program website to learn more.

Tim Peters, Products Coordinator, directs the Minitex product program and is available to answer questions at t-pete@umn.edu or by phone at 800-462-5348. Tim has been coordinating 3M/bibliotheca sales for Minitex for the last 30 years, so customers always know who they are dealing with when they call Minitex.

Once you get approved to order through the Minitex website, you can order any item on the Minitex Products site. You can be billed directly from Minitex with or without a PO, or you can use a credit card from the site: https://shop.minitex.umn.edu/Tattletapes. You can also email orders to Tim at t-pete@umn.edu or tim@minitex.umn.edu. Credit card orders are encouraged through the Products store to maintain security.

Minitex is a distributor of all bibliotheca products, and they pride themselves on always having the best price for libraries. If you get a direct quote from bibliotheca on any products or systems, please forward the quote to Tim, so that he can get you the discounted Minitex price for you to compare.

We thank our OhioNET member libraries for purchasing bibliotheca and 3M equipment and supplies through OhioNET over the years. We are glad to partner with Minitex on this new opportunity, so that we can continue to provide you with other quality equipment and supplies at discount prices. We are confident that you will receive excellent service from Minitex, and we appreciate their commitment to getting you the best price possible for bibliotheca® products.

If you have any questions about this transition, please contact Pam Rossman, OhioNET Order Specialist, at pamr@ohionet.org or 800-686-8975 ext. 10.

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