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Library Services for Faculty

How to order books, how to put items on reserve, how to schedule a library workshop for your course and more!

Ordering Books and Films

Faculty in each department or program may suggest materials for the library to purchase based on the curricular needs of their department. The collection is meant to support student coursework and student research.

Each academic department has a librarian assigned to be their liaison. Your liaison can help you with any questions you have about ordering or if you would like assistance identifying titles in certain subject areas or formats that are available for purchase.

Placing orders

Orders can be submitted using this form. You will need to log into Knox Primo to make the purchase request.

The form requires at minimum the title of the book and the format you prefer. The more information you provide, the faster we can process your request. Your liaison will be in touch if they have questions.  

Please submit orders 3 weeks before they are needed to give the library staff time to order and process the book. Some books may take longer to order, and your liaison will inform you of any delays.

Checking on orders

Contact your librarian liaison to check on an order or if you have any questions.


  • Films should also be ordered 3 weeks in advance of need whenever possible.
  • Film orders should include planned show dates if there is a class showing.
  • Also please indicate if you want the film to be:
    • Put on hold for you to check out.
    • Put on reserve for a course - provide course number.
  • The library will purchase a DVD if available. If a DVD is not available, we will try to purchase a streaming version.

Reference books

Major reference books or sets that cover broad subject areas are usually purchased with funds allocated specially for that purpose, and are usually chosen by the reference librarians. If you would like to recommend a reference title, please send that recommendation to your librarian liaison. Reference works covering narrow subject specific topics can be selected by faculty in the same way as other titles.

Big ticket items

Items over $250 will need to be considered by the Library Director, who will review these requests in conjunction with the subject liaison. 

Requesting New Journals

The library’s periodical subscription lists (both print & online) are currently frozen.

We currently have over 12,000 journal subscriptions, the majority of which are online, but we realize this is a small number compared to what is available at a research university. The library provides access to many large full text journal packages, and we can obtain individual articles from most any journal as needed.

Changes to our periodical holdings can still be recommended. Recommendations for changes must come from the department, and are then subject to approval by the Director of the Library, Anne Thomason. Please send any recommendations to your librarian liaison first.

If your department wishes to review its periodical list you can contact your liaison for a list of currently subscribed titles with prices.