How do I request that books, journals, or other items be purchased for the collections at Middlebury?
Faculty are encouraged to request that the Library acquire specific books, journals, films, and other materials for its collections. You may submit requests by using the Suggest a Purchase form or by sending publisher catalogs or emails to your liaison if you have done so in the past.
Here are some points to remember.
- Please search MIDCAT to determine whether we own a title before you request that it be purchased.
- For books that you need ASAP, please note the request as "rush-hold" to hold the item for yourself at one of the College libraries or "rush-reserve" for those going on Reserve. Indicate the course number for the latter. These requests are rush processed and are either held for you at the Circulation Desk or sent directly to the Reserves Desk. Note: rush orders are more expensive in both price and labor, so please use this option sparingly. The fewer rush orders we process, the more books we can buy.
- Journals and database requests, unlike books, take additional time to process, since they involve an ongoing annual subscription commitment that the Library must budget for more carefully than a one-time book purchase. In many cases, the Libraries make final decisions about journals toward the end of the academic year. New subscriptions are often timed to begin in the new fall semester.