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ebook & streaming film requests for Fall 2020

In lieu of physical course reserves, the Library is only acquiring digital materials for Fall 2020 courses. July 8, 2020 is the deadline for instructors to submit requests for ebooks or streaming films to support Fall 2020 classes.

Deadline for ebook/streaming film requests for Fall 2020: July 8, 2020

Due to the College’s budget deficit, the Library is currently only able to acquire ebooks or streaming films that directly support course work for Summer and 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 the uncertainty surrounding course delivery and the Library’s ability to open to the public in Fall 2020, the Library strongly encourages faculty to plan to use ebooks, streaming films, or other Open Educational Resources (OERs), in lieu of physical items traditionally held on course reserves at the Library. We realize it is hard to plan course materials without knowing what structure the Fall semester will take, but that’s why we wanted to share the deadline as early as possible.

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 8 2020 is the deadline for all ebook/streaming film requests for Fall 2020. For Summer 2020, please contact us ASAP.

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 sent to Please follow the guidelines on the Streaming in Courses Guide. When emailing Rebecca, please include:

  • 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).


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:

  • Current budget shortfalls mean we cannot guarantee all requests will be fulfilled. Funds are limited, and requests will be fulfilled first-come, first-served. If a request is exorbitantly expensive, we 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.

  • That said, using Library ebooks or free open education resources is a great way to help save students money on course textbooks during this economic crisis.

  • 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.