Ordering Library Materials

The library offers faculty members a number of ways to request additions to the library collection.

Suggest a Purchase

Use our Suggest a Purchase form to suggest a specific book, journal, video, or database for the collection. We’ll ask you for some basic information about the item, as well as reasons why the item should be purchased. While we try to accommodate as many requests as we can, we are not always able to do so. Please see our Collection Development Policy for further information.

Faculty Collection Development Liaison

For many years the library and the academic departments have worked together to build the library’s discipline-specific and subject collections through faculty collection development liaisons. Sometimes the department head takes on this role. The liaison consults with other faculty in the department for print books, eBooks, videos, and other materials to be added to the collection, keeping in mind course and project work, student and faculty research, and new directions for research and teaching. The liaison then submits the requests to the library. The library maintains a fund for each department from which items can be purchased. The liaison receives regular updates on the fund’s status. Collection development liaisons may submit requests via email to colldev@wpi.edu, or through the Book Order Request Form. Please note that only individuals authorized by the department head may use the form. Usually this includes the collection development liaison, the department head, or another academic staff member. Please contact Jackie Mushinsky, Collections Management Coordinator, at colldev@wpi.edu if you have any questions.

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