Answered By: Sawyer Library Reference
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017     Views: 30

Of course!  Sawyer Library welcomes faculty input in collection development.  You know the curriculum needs of your students better than anyone, and we encourage you to request titles that would best meet the research needs of you and your students.

A few notes about requesting books:

First, before requesting the book, please check our online catalog to make sure that we do not own it.

If it is not owned, please feel free to use this book request form to request the book.

Additional Notes:

All book requests are governed by budget constraints.

Do you prefer not to use our online book request form? If it is more convenient for you, feel free to bring or send catalog tearsheets, Amazon printouts, or other paper records of the books you are requesting. These may be dropped off at the Reference Desk or sent via inter-departmental mail to the Reference Department / Sawyer Library. Please make sure that we have complete citation information including Author, Title, Publisher and ISBN.

In most cases, if a trade paperback edition of a book is available, this is the edition we will purchase.

Are books needed for a new course being offered? Please plan ahead in this situation. It is difficult for us to immediately acquire books for student use in the middle of the semester.

All textbooks being used for your course should be ordered through the Suffolk University Bookstore.  It is through the Bookstore that we purchase required texts for the Reserve collection. For any additional (supplemental reading) books that you might want us to order and have put on Reserve, please fill out the Submit Course Reserves form. There is no need to fill out the form for required texts ordered through the Bookstore. For more information about the Reserve collection, see this page.

If you have any other questions, stop by the Reference Desk or call us at 617-573-8532 or email us at

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