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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

This scheme is designed to support book suggestions from all  students.

This includes taught students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and research postgraduates .

Students can recommend 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. See more on the Library Guide for Staff

Library Review

The Library will review all purchase suggestions to assess if they are appropriate for purpose.

The Library has a digital first policy and will endeavour to buy suggested books in ebook format.

Situations 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 

Situations 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
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