Recommend a purchase

As a Library card holder, you may suggest a purchase for the Library's collection. We order most items that fall within our collection development policy unless they are prohibitively expensive. Due to the high volume of purchase suggestions, we are no longer able to respond via email to these requests.

For items older than a year, it may be faster to request items via Interlibrary Loan.

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the library buy every title suggested?
No. For a number of reasons, including the budget, the library is unable to order every suggested title. Purchase decisions are made using a number of criteria, including review journals and other online sources. For more information please see our Collection Development Policy.

Will I be notified if my suggestion is purchased?
No, unfortunately we are unable to respond to every purchase request. You may check the catalog periodically to see if the material is available for check-out or to place a hold on it.

How long does ordering take?
The library places material orders every week. For a title that is already published, it may be 4-6 weeks before it physically arrives at your branch library.

How far in advance do you order new titles?
The library is only able to order titles that are within 3 months of publication. Often publication dates or titles change so ordering sooner may actually delay the purchase. Most titles by best-selling authors are ordered by the library months before publication.