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Important Information

  • If you are an existing customer, please include your CDS Account Number on all orders.
  • Deposit accounts & standing orders are no longer available. If you are an existing account holder, contact us for clarification.
  • CDS Federal ID Number: 536002532
  • To expedite the processing of your order, we recommend electronic payments.

Step 1: Get the Correct Order Form

Step 2: Choose a Payment Method

  • Prepayment is Required (Exemptions)
  • Credit Card (Credit Card Policy)
    (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express)
  • Money Order or Checks (Check Policy)
    We only accept checks drawn on U.S. Banks.
    Make checks payable to: Chief / CDS LOC
    Send payments by FedEx, DHL, UPS only.
    We cannot accept checks sent by surface mail.
    Please note: If a credit card payment is declined by the card issuer and cannot be cleared within two business days, the order will be automatically canceled.
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) - additional $25 bank fee
    Get directions for EFT Procedures.
  • Pro Forma Invoices are available for Purchase Orders.
    Email [email protected] to request a Pro Forma Invoice.

Step 3: Send Your Order

  • Phone: 1-855-266-1884 (Toll-free in U.S. only) or 1-202-707-6100 (outside U.S.)
    Customer service is available
    8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday
    excluding holidays
  • Fax: 202-707-1771
    Fax service is available 24 hours.
  • Email [email protected]
    Send email with attachments anytime.
    You can attach the pdf form or scan a printed form and attach to email.
  • Surface mail: Not recommended
    Expect delays of 3 weeks or more for all surface mail communications with CDS.
    • Because of security measures in effect in Washington, DC, all mail handled by the US Postal Service is subject to special handling, including irradiation, and inevitable delays ranging from two to six weeks. For faster service, send correspondence via email or private courier services such as FedEx or UPS.
  • Private courier service. Send checks or money orders using Federal Express, DHL, UPS, etc., for example. These deliveries are screened offsite. Your orders will reach us in 5-7 work days.
  • Mailing address:
    Library of Congress
    Office of Business Enterprises
    Cataloging Distribution Service
    101 Independence Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC 20540-4910

Shipping Charges

For shipping and handling rates, please refer to our shipping rates chart or call CDS customer service at 1-855-266-1884 (toll-free in U.S.) or 1-202-707-6100 (outside the U.S.). Our standard shipping method is via a traceable service provider (e.g., UPS or FedEx). The shipping chart reflects "average" shipping rates for standard delivery. Actual shipping and any custom and duty fees will be added to your order based on the total order weight and the level of service you select.

If you require expedited delivery, special handling services (i.e., air mail, courier, overnight delivery, etc.) or an exact shipping quote, please contact Customer Service at [email protected].
Note: As of April 1, 2013, CDS shipping rates will increase for the first time in 2 years. The increase is due to higher fuel prices, heavier weights of our new products, and price increases from our commercial carriers. Although commercial shipping prices for U.S. delivery service remain relatively competitive, international rates have increased by 4.5%. We cannot solely absorb these increases and have adjusted our rates accordingly.

We require a street address to ensure proper delivery and to obtain appropriate delivery confirmation. Each package and overpack is legibly and durably marked with the name and full address, including ZIP/postal code, of the shipper and consignee.

An additional fee of $13 will be charged for all packages sent through USPS. Packages addressed to a P.O. Box address, Army Post Office (APO), and Fleet Post Office (FPO) cannot be shipped via UPS or FedEx. All shipments to APO, FPO, DPO addresses are sent via U.S. Priority or First Class Mail with Delivery Confirmation, which is an extra charge. We estimate 5 to 7 business days for delivery once the order has been shipped; however, some destinations may take up to 6 weeks.

Customers requesting shipment to a freight forwarder should note that CDS's responsibility for the shipment ends upon delivery of the shipment to the freight forwarder.

All orders must be fully pre-paid before shipment. CDS must receive payment before shipping. You can pay by check drawn on a U.S. bank, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, International money order, or draw on a CDS deposit account, but payment must arrive before the product goes out.

If you already know your tracking or delivery confirmation number, you can follow the links below to track your order:

Phone: 1-800-742-5877
Sample Tracking: IZ9999999999999999 (18 alpha-numeric characters)

Phone: 1-800-463-3339
Sample tracking: 12345678912345678912 (15-20 characters)
123456789123 (12 characters)

US Postal Service (USPS)
Phone: 1-800-222-1811
Sample tracking: 1122334455667788990011 (22 characters)

Most new, unopened items sold and fulfilled by Business Enterprises may be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. If the return is a result of an error on our part, we will pay the return shipping costs. Items should be returned in their original product packaging.

Ordering Tips

Our Customer Service staff will answer your calls, and if they are occupied with another customer, you may leave a message. We make every effort to respond either the same day or the next working day to those voice messages.

To help expedite your inquiries, we recommend the following:

  • When you order the first time, you will receive a customer account number. Use this number every time you order or correspond with us.
  • Existing customer: all inquiries must include your CDS account number.
  • For general inquiries, problems, or other questions - call us, send a fax, or email to [email protected].
  • For orders - send by fax or email to [email protected].
  • For payments - send your credit card number by phone or use Electronic Fund Transfers whenever possible. Please note that checks, money orders, etc. sent to our postal address will be delayed a minimum of 5-7 work days due to the Capitol Hill security screening of all mail.
  • For starting Web services (Class Web, Cataloger's Desktop) and MARC Distribution Services - sign up on the CDS Website,

Payment note:
U.S. state and local agencies prohibited by government regulation from prepaying will be allowed to buy on credit if you supply CDS with a copy of the regulation strictly prohibiting prepayment.

Credit Card Policy:
Please note: If a credit card payment is declined by the card issuer and cannot be cleared within two business days, the order will be automatically canceled.

If your credit card is declined more than twice or if you send multiple credit card numbers due to declines in approval, CDS will not process your order via credit card. You will be required to submit your payment via EFT and provide an additional amount sufficient to track courier delivery of your products. As an additional security measure, customers may be asked to submit the three digit verification number that is found on the back of their credit card.

Check Policy:
When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.

Privacy Act – A Privacy Act Statement required by 5 U.S.C. Section 552a(e)(3) stating our authority for soliciting and collecting the information from your check, and explaining the purposes and routine uses which will be made of your check information, is available from our internet site at, or call toll free at 1-866-945-7920 to obtain a copy by mail. Furnishing the check information is voluntary, but a decision not to do so may require you to make payment by some other method.

Please Note: No refunds after 30 days of start of your subscription.

CDS Customer Service

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Excluding federal holidays

Library of Congress
Office of Business Enterprises
Cataloging Distribution Service
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4910

Phone: 1-855-266-1884 (U.S. Only)
or +1-202-707-6100 (outside U.S.)
Fax: 202-707-1771

Email: [email protected]