Recommend a Purchase

As a Library card holder, you may recommend up to three (3) items per week for the Library to purchase.

To see whether your recommendation falls with our purchasing guidelines, please see the Library Collection Development Policy. Note that many older titles are no longer available for purchase. For these items, you may want to consider an Interlibrary Loan.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Before you submit your request: Please check the Library Catalog to be certain that we do not already have the title.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Library buy every recommended title?

No. All purchase decisions are made using our Collection Development Policy.

Will I be notified if my recommendation is purchased?

No, unfortunately we are unable to respond to every purchase request. If we do purchase the item, however, we will make every attempt to place a hold for you so that you will be notified when it is available.

How long does ordering take?

The Library orders materials on an ongoing basis. For a title that is not yet published, we try to have the item available as close to the publication date as possible. For a title that is already published, depending on the publisher, it can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks before the item physically arrives at the Library.

How far in advance do you order new titles?

The Library orders titles anywhere from 6 months prior to publication to several years after publication. When possible, we strive to order new titles at least 3 months prior to publication.

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