Information Services

How the Library will order books for courses

Book purchases are based on the number of students on the course and the priority assigned to the book on the resource list.

No automatic purchases will be made if items on  resource lists are not prioritised.

Book purchasing ratios*

Priority Purchased Location
Essential 1 copy per 20 students

Distributed across HUB Reserve, Short and Standard Loan,

as per ratios.

Recommended 1 copy per 40 students Short Loan**
Further Reading Direct request required from Course Organiser – 1 copy purchased. Standard Loan

*  Purchases from MVM courses are informed by the relevant Academic Support Librarian

**Applies only to new acquisitions

Electronic preference

The Library has an electronic ('e') preference policy, and where a suitable e-book of a title is available on an institutional multi-user licence, this will be purchased. Use 'Note for Library' to request otherwise.


By default, the most recent edition of a title will be requested for purchase and the most recent edition held by the Library added to a Resource List.

If you want to use a specific, non-current,  edition, please highlight this by adding a note to the submitted reading list or by using 'Note for Library'. 

If a newer edition, than the edition currently held by the Library is requested, we will order new or additional copies of the most recent edition.