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Teaching Support: Ordering Stock

Information Specialists are responsible for developing and maintaining the library collections, both physical and electronic in collaboration with academic staff. They manage the budgets allocated for the purchase of new materials, and advise on appropriate content, format, numbers of copies, loan status etc.  

Requesting Books

Request books for your subject from your information specialist. Please provide sufficient bibliographic information for us to identify the book – ISBNs are not essential but useful. It is also useful to indicate how many students might be expected to use the book - is it a key text or further reading?

The library operates an “e-first” policy, which means that if there is a choice we will prioritise the e-book. Please tell us if it is important that we have paper copies.

If you are aware that you have students who need an alternative format because of a disability you may need to discuss this with your information specialist, especially in the case of key texts. More information about alternative texts.

Our supplier’s KPI stipulates a six week turnaround for physical books but this will usually be shorter. E-books usually arrive within a week.

We conduct regular surveys of book usage to maintain the currency of our stock and identify out of date and unused books. Each book is considered on its own merits before withdrawal. Withdrawn books in good condition are sold on through Better World Books.

Requesting Journals

Subscriptions to journals are reviewed annually taking into consideration cost and usage statistics to ensure relevance and value for money. At this time requests for new titles are considered. Pass your requests to your information specialist at any time and they will investigate subscription costs and add the title to the list for review. It would be useful if you could indicate the potential users of the journal. Is it likely to be used by researchers or students or both? Which modules would it support (i.e. how many students)? Might the journal be of use to other disciplines?


Reading lists - Powered by Leganto


Easy to use

Structured, annotated reading lists that are easy to share and maintain

Identification of Library Holdings

Automatic identification of resources that the library owns or is already subscribed to


Analytics and reports provide an overview of the materials students use and their usage patterns


Interface for students to share feedback and suggest items to instructors


Integration with learning management systems such as Primo and UNIT-e


Inter-Library Loans

Inter-Library Loans for personal research are requested and delivered electronically. Full details of the service can be found here.