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Request purchase of library materials

by Elaine M. Patton on 2021-02-05T12:12:00-06:00 in Faculty Resources, #SLRC 101 | Comments

Is there a book or movie or database you'd like access to (without buying it yourself)? The Libraries have a new form to make this easier to request!

Who can request?

Students, faculty, and staff may all request materials. (Community members, too, but that's more for the joint-use CyFair and Tomball libraries.)

Will you actually buy it?

Each request will be evaluated based on the library collection development policy, the justification provided with the request, the needs of the collection, and so forth.

Also, publishers don't all like working with libraries. If a movie or book just...isn't available to buy through one of our platforms, there's unfortunately nothing we can do about that. We'll try to find a solution, but sometimes our hands are tied.

If you buy it, when will it be available?

Depends. Streaming videos in Kanopy or FOD are available almost instantly when we make the purchase. E-books lag about a day, it seems. Databases take the most time, since there are contracts to be reviewed and signed and then a specific url has to be set up for the authentication. (Databases may also have a trial period first to help with the decision process.)

I want something but I don't know what.

If it feels like the library resources for your subject are lacking, but you don't know what product/database/thing would make it better, talk to your librarians! We'll snoop around for possibilities, and you can decide what you'd like to officially request.


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