Make a Purchase Suggestion

By Mark Messenger Ι March 27, 2015

Salina Public Library welcomes suggestions from our patrons for books, videos, games, music and other items that you would like to see added to the collection. In fact, we often rely on you to keep us informed on what is coming out next in a popular series, or what is the latest trendy cookbook, or what titles and authors are being discussed online or on talk shows.

You can submit purchase suggestions in paper form at the Information Services and Youth Services desks or when logged into your library account on our catalog.

From your account page, go to “My purchase suggestions” and click on “New purchase suggestion.” Simply fill in the online form, giving us the title of the item, the author (if applicable), and the type of material (DVD, book, CD, etc.).

Screen shot of Purchase suggestion page

If the library adds the item to the collection, you will be placed on hold for it in the order by date we receive the suggestion. Additionally, you can track the status of your suggestion by returning to the “My purchase suggestions” page.

We evaluate all requests and although we cannot purchase everything that is suggested, we do purchase a high percentage of requests. With this in mind, here are some guidelines to follow when submitting purchase suggestions.

  • As librarians, we’re pretty good at finding reviews and researching materials, so please limit the optional “Notes” field to a brief statement about how you heard about the item or why you think the library should add the item to the collection.

  • We typically do not accept suggestions for materials that are published over a year ago. Our Interlibrary Loan service is very often successful in providing older titles for you.

  • Please check the catalog to make sure the library doesn’t already own the item or have the item on order. Many popular movies and books by popular authors are automatically pre-ordered and added to the catalog and can be placed on hold.

  • Please limit your suggestions to items with release or publish dates no more than two months from now. Additionally, for DVDs of movies or TV shows please make sure they have been released or have planned release dates before making requests — check amazon.com or videoeta.com for release dates.

  • Please limit the number of suggestions to no more than five items per month.

We want to provide quality materials for checkout and you want free access to the latest materials that interest and entertain you. One of the most important aspects of library collection development is collaboration with the public. So please tell us what you want!