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Deadline for Spring 2021 ebook & streaming film requests: November 20

Faculty, please submit requests for ebooks & streaming films for your Spring 2021 courses by November 20, 2020.

Deadline for ebook/streaming film requests for Spring 2021: November 20, 2020.

Given that remote learning will continue in Spring 2021, the Library encourages faculty to assign ebooks,streaming films, or Open Educational Resources (OERs), in lieu of physical materials. There will be no physical course reserves available for Spring 2021.

  • The Library is currently only able to acquire ebooks or streaming films that directly support course work for Spring 2021. Priority will be given to required texts or films (as opposed to recommended or optional readings).

  • Your Liaison Librarian is happy to work with you to find digital materials or explore online alternatives for the physical materials you have used in the past. Please explore the Library’s current holdings on our eBooks Guide and Multimedia/Streaming Guide.

Deadlines & Timing:

November 20 is the deadline for all ebook and streaming film requests for Spring 2021. Please send us your requests ASAP.

This Fall, it took an average of 46 days for a streaming film request to make it through the procurement process. SUNY has instituted new purchasing procedures, and our vendors are also adapting to new workflows given nationwide trends, slowing them down. This deadline also accounts for holiday delays.

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 (Spring or Summer)
  • 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 chapter (or an article not available in our databases), consider requesting a PDF through ILLiad, rather than asking us to buy the entire ebook. If it’s a print book that is already in our collection, you have a few options: 1) check out the book via Contactless Pickup and make accessible scans at home, or in a campus computer lab, of up to 20% of the entire text or 2) place an ILL request for up to 10% of the book to be scanned. Keep in mind ILL requests for materials not in Purchase’s physical collection may take at least 2 weeks.

If scanning items on your own, please adhere to Scanning Best Practices and ensure all PDFs are made fully accessible by checking them in Adobe Acrobat DC and using the Ally gauges in your Moodle.


Streaming Films:

Before submitting a request, we encourage you to explore the film content we already subscribe to, on our Multimedia/Streaming Guide.

All requests for streaming films that we do not already own must be submitted via the Streaming Requests Form.

Additional Considerations:

The Library is doing our best to support courses and prioritize students’ needs for digital materials. The Library will always advocate for the materials you need. Please note, however:

  • We cannot guarantee all requests will be fulfilled or that electronic/streaming versions of every title exist. Please plan alternatives where possible!

  • The Library must pay institutional, multi-user rates for ebooks and streaming films, often considerably more expensive than the commercial pricing you might see from Amazon or other vendors.

  • Using Library ebooks or open educational resources is a great way to save students money and ensure greater accessibility. Embedding these materials in Moodle also helps increase student participation and prevent students from falling behind.

  • Some publishers restrict the number of simultaneous users to 1 or 3 users at a time. Your liaison librarian will discuss what types of licenses are available and what that means for your students. Please take this into consideration when choosing to assign commercial e-textbooks.

  • Often, the same films and books are put on course reserve for multiple classes. Take a look at our existing e-resources and talk with colleagues. 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.