Suggest a Purchase Tips

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A patron asked, “Are there limits to what I can request on the library’s Suggest a Purchase form?”

Great question! The answer is yes, and it’s helpful to know them so you can avoid submitting requests that can’t be considered. Jennifer Plohr, Collection Development Manager, offers these helpful tips:

Purchase suggestions do not apply to the following:

  • TV series – if we have earlier seasons, we will purchase new seasons as they are released.
  • New feature films – we will purchase these when they are released on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Books by bestselling authors – we buy these automatically.
    In all of these cases, in order to be fair to everyone, we will begin accepting holds on the items as soon as they appear in our catalog.

Also, if a book hasn’t been published yet, please wait until its publication date is less than three months away to request it. And, if you want an item that is more than a year old, please request it through LINKin or Interlibrary Loan instead.

Want to know more about how the library decides which materials to purchase? See our Collection Development Policy.

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