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eBook requests due July 24

If you have not yet submitted ebooks please do so ASAP! In lieu of physical course reserves, the Library is only acquiring digital materials for Fall 2020 courses. Ebook requests were due by July 24 and streaming film requests by August 7.

Deadline for ebook requests: July 24, 2020

Deadline for streaming film requests: August 7, 2020


Due to the College’s budget situation, the Library is currently only able to acquire ebooks or streaming films that directly support course work for Fall 2020. Unfortunately, at this time, the Library cannot buy any materials that are not specifically for classes. Priority will be given to required texts or films (as opposed to “recommended” or “optional” readings). 

Given that most classes will meet remotely in Fall 2020, the Library strongly encourages faculty to use ebooks, streaming films, or other Open Educational Resources (OERs), in lieu of physical items traditionally held on course reserves at the Library. There will be no physical reserves held at the Library in Fall 2020

Liaison Librarians are happy to work with you to find e-materials or explore online alternatives for the physical materials you have used in the past.

You can explore the Library’s current holdings on our eBooks Guide and Multimedia/Streaming Guide.


Deadlines & Timing:

July 24 2020 is the deadline for all ebook requests for Fall 2020.

August 7 2020 is the deadline for all streaming film requests for Fall 2020.

It can take 4-8 weeks for your request to go through various budgetary approvals on campus and for vendors to provide the materials to us. Please submit requests as early as possible!

Submitting Requests to the Library:


All ebook requests should be sent to your subject liaison librarian via email. Please include the following in your email, to speed up the process:

  • Full citation and ISBN for the ebook (including publication year/edition)
  • Course name and number/CRN
  • Semester it is needed for (Summer or Fall)
  • Amount of book you plan to use in class (i.e. entire book, 1 or 2 chapters, over 50% of the book, etc. An estimate is fine.)
  • Copy of the syllabus or brief description of how you plan to use this title in the class. (This info helps us when working with certain vendors

Interlibrary Loan remains an option for book chapters and articles.

If you only need to assign a couple book chapters (or articles that are not available in our databases), consider requesting PDFs through ILLiad, rather than asking us to buy the entire ebook. If it’s a print book that is already in our collection, our Interlibrary Loan staff can scan the chapter(s) you need for your course relatively quickly. Keep in mind ILL requests for materials not in Purchase’s physical collection may take at least 2 weeks.


Streaming Films:

All streaming films requests should be submitted via the Streaming Requests Form. Rebecca Oling handles streaming requests, but please use the Streaming Requests Form to ensure that the following information is included with your request:

  • Full information about the film and any relevant links
  • Course name and number/CRN
  • Semester it is needed for (Summer or Fall)
  • Copy of the syllabus or brief description of how you plan to use this title in the class. (This info helps us when working with certain vendors).

For additional guidance, please see the Streaming in Courses Guide.


Additional Considerations:

We realize this is a departure from the Library’s “patron-driven” collections practices in the past. Under the circumstances, the Library is doing the best we can to support courses and prioritize students’ needs for digital materials. In the spirit of transparency and collegiality, we also wanted to share the following considerations:

  • We cannot guarantee all requests will be fulfilled. Funds are limited, and requests will be fulfilled first-come, first-served. We will try our best to advocate for your needs, but if a request is exorbitantly expensive, the Library may not be able to get it approved.

  • The Library must pay institutional, multi-user rates for ebooks and streaming films– even if we already own a physical copy of the same title. The institutional rate is often considerably more expensive than the commercial pricing you might see on Amazon or other vendors. A book or film that seems inexpensive on a publisher’s website or Kindle may cost the Library a couple hundred dollars.
  • Not all e-textbooks are available for libraries to buy. Many textbook publishers (including Pearson, McGraw Hill, MacMillan, Oxford University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, and many others) do not allow libraries to license their e-textbooks. Many publishers require students to buy (or rent) e-textbooks individually– and do not offer licensing options for libraries– because this is more profitable.

  • That said, using Library ebooks or free open education resources helps save students money on course textbooks during this economic crisis. One of the Library’s goals is to save students money by acquiring multiuser licenses for required course materials whenever possible.
  • Embedding Library ebooks, streaming films, or OERs into your Moodle courses also helps increase equity and student participation and reduces situations where students fall behind because they have trouble buying required textbooks.

  • This is an opportunity to work together with your colleagues! Often, the same films and books are put on course reserve for multiple classes. Take a look at our existing e-resources and talk to each other. You may be able to use the same ebooks or films for different sections of a course or in cross-disciplinary courses that have similar content.

Thanks for your help and understanding during these unprecedented times.