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Purchase Requests

Purchase Requests

The library relies on instructors, with their expertise, to order materials for their own program areas. If you don't order it, we don't have it!

  • Fill out the Suggest a Purchase online form for each item ordered
  • Include as much information about the item as possible
  • Over $1000? We'll send you a completed paper form that must be signed by your dean or chair
  • For assistance, contact Josh Seeland.

Please search the library catalogue before submitting a purchase request to see if we already have the item in our collection.

Library Budget

The Library collection is built primarily by what faculty, the experts in their fields, order. We try our best to acquire any reasonable order, and anything received after the budget is depleted will be kept on file and purchased the next budget year.

Physical Materials

The Library’s available purchasing budget is divided by School/Division; each School is notified of the amount available at the beginning of the school year. Purchasing is done on a first come, first served basis until the end of January. Every effort is made to be equitable in the purchasing of materials.

In February of each year, all money unspent is pooled into one amount, not determined by School. Any items outstanding will then be ordered, in order of date received.


Much of the library’s purchasing budget goes toward online research databases, essential tools for research. The cost of these items grows year over year, with their cost, generally in US dollars, increasing not only by a percentage each year but also by the rapid swings in the US exchange rate. The rising cost of these tools leaves less budget available for other library purchasing.