Collection Development Acquisitions - FAQs

Collection Develoment/Acquisitions - FAQs

Choose from among the following:

  1. How can I suggest library materials?
  2. How many copies of a book can be ordered?
  3. Can faculty order textbooks that are used in classes?
  4. Is there a limit on how much money an academic department can spend?
  5. Can faculty request magazines, journals, and other periodical materials?
  6. Does the Library have liaisons to the academic departments?
  7. Can items be donated to Sprague Library?

How can I suggest library materials?
Sprague Library depends on faculty to help build a collection of the most useful books for the university community.  All faculty requests will be reviewed by the Acquisitions Department Head.   A decision to order will be made based on the availability of funds and the the suggested item's pertinence to the Library collection and the University curriculum.

Recommendations for the purchase of books and media should be submitted online (see links below). A requested item which is priced at $300.00 or more should be submitted with a justification.

Book Request Form
Media Request Form

How many copies of a book can be ordered?
One copy of each book requested can be ordered.  In the case of reserve reading for a large class, up to three copies can be ordered.

Can faculty order textbooks that are used in classes?
The Library does not, as a rule, order textbooks.

Is there a limit on how much money an academic department can spend?
There is no fixed limit by department.  When the budget is spent, usually the end of April, requests are still accepted, but they are held for the next fiscal year starting in July.

Can faculty request magazines, journals, and other periodical materials?
These requests should be submitted to the Periodicals Department.

Does the Library have liaisons to the academic departments?
Faculty members who wish to discuss collection development concerns pertaining to their respective subject fields are advised to contact the librarian who is the liaison to their department. Library Liaison Program for the liaison list.

Can items be donated to Sprague Library?
The Library accepts donated items if they are of scholarly value and materials that support our curriculum.  

Items may be rejected on the basis of poor physical condition, outdated content, inappropriate academic level, or subject focus.   The Library reserves the right to determine which of the donated items to add to its collection and to dispose of those items which it decides not to keep.   We do not accept textbooks, popular fiction novels, magazines, journals, or other periodicals.  

We cannot provide the estimated value of gift books for tax purposes nor can we provide the estimated value of a donated collection.  

The Library does not offer a "pick up" service for delivery of items.  

The Library does offer a letter of acknowledgement if the donor wishes to have one sent to their mailing address.