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General policy

Approximately 2,000 new books and the same number of magazine issues are added to the library's permanent collections each year.

It is important to know how these new books and magazines are chosen. Any student may suggest new titles at any time but the professors who design and implement the University's curriculum are the ones who play a central role in the development of the library's collections.

For each academic year an acquisitions budget is allocated for purchasing books and films for the library collection. Materials are selected for ordering against this budget throughout the year by the professors as they plan the courses they will be teaching. While funds are limited, the items which are not ordered are those which are less relevant to the programs or exceptionally expensive.


There can be a time lag between the time a professor or student places a recommendation for a book or a film to be purchased and the time at which that book is received by the library. Nevertheless the person who places the order recommendation will be notified if a book cannot be ordered or notified after it has been received.

It is also important to keep in mind that books/films recommended for purchase after the following dates are unlikely to arrive in time for the semester indicated:

  • November 15 for Spring courses
  • March 15 for Summer courses
  • June 15 for Fall courses

If you don't find a certain title in the University Library's catalog but think it should be part of the permanent collection submit a recommendation for the library to purchase the book.

If you are in a hurry to consult a given book or have only a short term need, you may wish to submit a request to consult this book through the Document Delivery service.