The Acquisitions Department of Drake Memorial Library is responsible for purchasing all monographic material and media as recommended by academic and library staff, and monitoring expenditures of departmental allocations.
The Acquisitions Department receives many order requests per year. Orders are researched for complete bibliographic information, price, and availability. If the title is not available, i.e. not yet published/forthcoming, it is put into a holding area and checked for availability on a regular basis.
If departmental allocations allow, the orders will be placed with vendors and input into our Library Catalog. The status in the catalog will then read "On Order." Titles requested by teaching faculty that are verified as "Out of Print" are only searched on the OP market for approximately one year before they are returned to the library coordinator asking if we should continue our search.
It can take 4 - 6 weeks for books to arrive from a state-contract vendor, with a few additional days for cataloging and processing. Once the items have arrived the status will change to "In Cataloging" until the items are ready to check-out.
If an item is needed on a RUSH basis, please note RUSH in the priority drop-down of the request form. You will be notified by the Library as soon as the item is ready for you to check out. Rush orders may not be immediately available for purchase, pending publication or release dates and vendor availability.
If you would like to be notified when an item has arrived, but not necessarily have it rush ordered, please note in Banner ordering module you would like to be notified upon the item's arrival, and/or to have the item held for you. Once a department has spent its allocation, orders may be held until additional funding becomes available.
Drake Memorial Library welcomes all donations, though we reserve the right to find another home for materials that we don't add to our collection. The library cannot provide valuations of your gift. We will acknowledge receipt of the gift by sending you a letter describing the number and type of items that you have donated. Anyone interested in donating books to Drake Memorial Library should contact Erin Sharwell, Collection Management, at 395-2142.