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We have temporarily turned off our Suggest an Item form while the Library is closed. Please hold your suggestions until we are able to reopen and get back to ordering new materials.

Materials Update from Collection Development

We want to assure our patrons that we are still selecting and purchasing physical materials, in addition to our e-books and e-audio. These items will appear in our catalog, and you can place holds on them as you normally would. We purchase items well in advance of their publication date. Please bear in mind that publishers are shifting publication dates, which may impact holds or previous requests. The amount of materials we currently have “in limbo” is quite large, and it will take time for our staff to process this influx of materials. At this time and, for the foreseeable future, our purchase request form must remain closed. Please know that we have probably already ordered what you want! Thanks for your understanding.

Patrons can still submit e-book requests through Overdrive. If we purchase the item via this process, then a hold will be placed on it for you automatically. Due to unprecedented demand during these times, we cannot buy everything suggested. We can only acquire a fraction of those requests. Our focus, at this time, is to purchase new releases and high-demand titles as well as fulfilling holds.

Terms for libraries to purchase e-book content are often different than the terms for consumers. These terms vary widely from publisher to publisher, and sometimes even title to title. Prices can range from $2 to more than $250. And sometimes a title is simply not available in digital form. We have a limited budget to devote to these materials, and we have to be judicious about how we spend it.

Thank you for your continued support.

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