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 to support research. 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.
Purchase requests for teaching resources in 2022/23
Providing students with access to resources to support teaching and learning is one of the Library’s core objectives. Throughout 2022/23 access to Library resources for teaching will be provided through:
- Online Resource Lists for all appropriate courses
- Prioritisation of online access to Library resources for Essential and Recommended course readings
- Purchase of print copies where no suitable e-book licence is available
- The acquisition of online content, including eTextbooks where available, to provide access to key texts on a course
Course Organisers will use their Resource List to request the acquisition of new resources to support their teaching and these purchase College request forms should only be used for items which are related to research or other non-teaching purposes.
If you wish us to purchase new teaching resources which are not already held by the Library, please add new titles to your Resource List and send it for review by 4 July (Semester 1) and 24 October (Semester 2) so that the Library has time to acquire these ahead of the start of teaching.
Requests received by the Semester deadlines will be prioritised. All other requests will be prioritised by date received.
If the Semester deadline has passed, you can still request new items for teaching using your Resource List
If you wish the Library to purchase additional teaching resources throughout the year, please add these to your Resource List and send your list for review.
If you do not have a Resource List and would like the Library to set up a list for your courses, please send your list to the Library using the online form or contact Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk
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.