Purchasing Information

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The Technical Services Department of the Library is responsible for
acquiring and processing library materials to complement the university’s curriculum.


  • A faculty member from each college will serve as Library Representative.
  • The representative receives purchase requests from faculty members and
    obtains signatory approval from his/her dean. (For more details, and links to forms, click here.)
  • Signed requests are submitted to the Library Director.
  • Every effort is made by the acquisitions staff to satisfy faculty
    requests. Out-of-print items or materials available only through independent or specialty publishers may require additional time to procure. Whenever possible, hardbound copies are requested in order to extend the circulation life of the item. Many factors may extend the time necessary to complete an order.


  • Once the item is received, it must be cataloged and processed before
    it can be checked out.
    • Cataloging is the act of entering a descriptive record of the book or item into the Library’s database.
    • Processing involves labeling the item for shelf identification and making other physical changes to the object.
  • When the item is ready to be placed on the shelves, the representative will be notified, and he/she will notify the requesting faculty member.
  • The online catalog may be consulted to determine when an item is available and to confirm its location and call number.

We are here to help you!

For more information, questions, or comments regarding technical services, please contact:

Library Director
Scott Jeffries

Email Scott



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