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Student Book Suggestion Scheme: Recommending books for library purchase

Outlines the process for making library book purchase recommendations

Student Book Suggestion Scheme

If you would like a particular book purchased for the library, you can make a student book suggestion.

This scheme is open to all students and you can request up to 5 books per academic year.



Before you make a request

Check whether a copy is already available via Library Search. 

Document Delivery Service

Where a purchase is not appropriate, it may be possible to source the book via the Document Delivery Service.  

The Document Delivery service can borrow books items that are not part of Exeter University's collections from other libraries and make them available to you for a limited period

Check the Document Delivery Guide for more information and to see whether you College/Department provides funds to pay for document delivery requests.

Staff Book Suggestions

Members of staff should submit book suggestions through their department in the usual way. 

Contact your departmental Library Liaison Officer to discuss procedures and options for purchasing library materials. 

Library Review

Each Student Book Suggestion is reviewed by the library and approved for purchase (or not). The Library has a digital first policy. If a book is available to purchase as an e-book, it will be purchased as an e-book wherever possible. This is to ensure maximum availability of the text to students.

Examples showing where a purchase may be appropriate:

  • Recently published (within last 12 months)
  • Likely to be used by multiple students on a module
  • On a module reading list
  • Document Delivery is not available
  • Extra copies or an ebook version of an in demand print title 

Examples showing where a purchase may not be appropriate:

  • Out of print or difficult to buy
  • Cost prohibitive
  • For a specialist research project or dissertation, and unlikely to be well used long term by others
  • Document delivery offers better value for money over purchase


If you have any questions about this service, contact your liaison librarian.

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