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CARL: Purchase Requests

Patron Purchase Requests

The CARL accepts patron requests for books, DVDs, audio books, video games, and e-books.

All requests are reviewed and evaluated against our Collection Development Policy for relevance to our collections, cost, and suitability for our patrons.  If we choose not to or are unable to purchase a request, you will be notified.

  • Check the library's online catalog.  If we already own the item, we may not purchase a second copy unless it is a new or different edition.
  • If you need the item either temporarily or very quickly, consider making an interlibrary loan request.


Is there an item you think belongs in our collection that we don't have?  Do we not have the newest book by your favorite author?  

Submit a request now with our Patron Request Form! 

Course Materials Requests

For a new curriculum and course materials request, fill out the Course Materials Request Form.  All requests require at least 8 weeks to purchase, so please allow an appropriate amount of time when requesting new materials.  After obtaining a Director, Deputy, or Editor's approval and signature, please email the completed form to

For an annual review of the items on your Course Reserve to make sure all materials are up to date, please see the Circulation desk for more information.

Subscription Resource Requests

In addition to one-time purchases, the library makes every effort to maintain resource subscriptions needed for research and instruction. Subscription resources are paid for annually, such as journals and databases. As needs change, subscriptions may be updated or cancelled in order to subscribe to other resources.  

Patrons should use the Periodical Request Form to submit requests for new print journals, magazines, and newspapers for CARL to review for purchase.  

Patrons should use the Electronic Resources Request Form to submit requests for new databases and other electronic resources for CARL to review for purchase.  

Some of these requests will not be feasible due to funding constraints or acquisition timelines, but all will be reviewed.

Reconsideration Policy

The materials and resources provided by the CARL are selected in accordance with our Collection Development Policy and other guidelines from the Director and CGSC.  It is the library’s responsibility to ensure that different points of view are represented in the collections.  A formal request for reconsideration can be submitted to the Acquisitions Librarian using the Materials Reconsideration Form.

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