Departmental Book Purchasing
Annual allocations are determined using a formula that includes the following
data: circulation statistics, interlibrary loan statistics, the average
cost of a title in the discipline, the number of MBC student credit hours
generated in 100 level and above courses for each discipline, and number
of majors in a department.
Resources for Book Selection
Every six weeks the library representative will receive relevant Choice cards
for review by the faculty in the discipline. Choice cards as well as ChoiceReviews.online contain
critical reviews of scholarly publications. In addition, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books
In Print and *Academic
Search Complete are resources for finding information and reviews about
*To find reviews in Academic Search Complete, type a few words from the book
title then highlight "Book Review" in the document type box.
In order to make new material available during the current academic year there
are two deadlines for ordering books. Each discipline is required to submit
orders totaling one half of their allocation by December 1. The remaining
orders must be submitted by April 1.
Orders for books are placed through your department's library
liaison. If ordering from a Choice card, please return the card to
your liaison. If you are not using Choice cards, you can send an email including as much detail about
the book as possible.
If you are using ChoiceReviews.online,
you can mark and email records to your liaison.
You may also fill out a book order form online.
If you need a book added to the collection as soon as possible, please indicate
that you would like the book "rushed" in your order.
Status of a Book Order
Search the title in the library catalog. The catalog will tell you if an item
is on order, in acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, or checked out. If
the discipline has submitted an order but the item does not appear in the
catalog, it is still in processing and has not yet been ordered. When books
are ready to be checked out, they are shelved on the new book cart on the
main floor of the library. The titles also appear on the new
Not more than 20% of each departmental budget may be spent on non-print materials.
Please keep in mind that print and non-print materials purchased with library
funds become part of the library collection and are available to the entire