Resource purchase requests
Academic staff may use the relevant online form for their College to request the purchase of books and resources for Library collections . Currently-registered students may make purchase suggestions for Library collections to support their University study and research by using the Request a Book Service (RaB) for students.
Prioritisation of purchase requests for teaching
We are currently prioritisating purchase requests to support the new hybrid model of teaching in 2020/21.
Restrictions on Library building occupancy and the need to quarantine items between use means that it is not be possible to provide an effective print Reserve Collection service, so our focus will continue to be on purchasing digital copies of texts where these are available.
When an e-book version cannot be sourced, and where a print copy is not already held in our collections, we shall seek to purchase a single print copy of any Key Text or Essential reading list item so that, where permitted under copyright licencing, chapters or sections may be scanned to allow the most essential content to be made available online.
The prioritisation of purchase requests to support the new hybrid model of teaching in 2020/21 has caused a delay in the purchase of non-teaching research resource requests. The processing of requests for new research resources resumed on 26th October, but please be aware that it will take longer than normal to provide new resources whilst the backlog of requests submitted in August, September and October are dealt with, and while there continues to be demand for new teaching resources for Semester 2.
Student Request a Book Service (RaB)
During the Covid-19 lockdown the Library operated a limited Request a Book (RaB) service for students, and obtained e-books where these were available.
The RaB service was temporarily suspended throughout October and November whilst Library teams focused on the provision of online access to resources to support the University's delivery of hybrid teaching for Semester 1 and Semester 2.
We will start to accept new RaB requests from Wednesday 9 December, but please be aware that it will take much longer than normal to provide new resources whilst there continues to be demand for new online teaching resources for Semester 2.
If you submitted a RaB request between April and September, and if you still require this item, please let us know by replying to the e-mail acknowledgement which you received when you submitted the request, and we will endeavour to source the item.
Course organisers - you do not need to use these online Resource Purchase Requests forms if you are using the Resource Lists service (Leganto) to manage your online reading lists. When you create and submit a resource list, the Library automatically checks whether Essential and Recommended books on your list are already in stock, and will purchase additional items as required.
New subscription requests- if you would like to recommend a new library subscription (e.g. for a journal or database), please do not use these forms - contact your Academic Support Librarian in the first instance.
Support Services staff - if you are not an academic member of staff but would like to suggest purchase of a resource for addition to the Library collections, please contact the Acquisitions Team via the IS Helpdesk (IS.Helpdesk@ed.ac.uk). Please note that we have an e-preference policy, so will acquire an e-book rather than a print copy where digital versions are available. If you wish to purchase a book or other resource as a working tool (rather than for adding to Library collections), you should purchase this via your departmental operational budget.