While the UNA Libraries welcome recommendations for library resources, the final purchasing decision will be made by the library.
Library materials purchases follow the polices set forth in the Collection Development Plan. As such, there are some limitations on what can and will be purchased.
Please note the following (excerpted from the Collection Development Plan):
- Out-of-print materials are usually difficult and expensive to acquire and should be requested only when essential to instruction. (Section 2.4)
- All materials purchased from library funds will be cataloged and will remain accessible to the university community. Materials to be kept in departments exclusively for classroom or laboratory use should not be requested from the department's s library allocation. (Section 2.5)
- Requests for more than one copy of a title or particular edition are discouraged. If a title is expected to receive heavier than normal use, it should be placed on reserve. (Section 2.6)
- It is not the responsibility of the library to provide classroom texts for students. These should be ordered and purchased through local bookstores. Purchase of non-classroom textbooks is also discouraged unless they cover an area of interest for which there is no other general material available. (Section 3.6)
In addition to the limitations outlined above, the library has a practice of not filling requests for materials already held in electronic format. Requests for print books already held in electronic format will be returned to the requesting faculty member. The same is true for requests for videos that are available through the library's subscriptions to streaming video databases. The library has added several streaming video databases within the last year. Most notable of these is Films on Demand, which provides streaming access to many of the videos distributed by Films for the Humanities.