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Collection Development

Information about the University Libraries' collections, including collection policies, selection tools, and how to request resources.

One-Time Purchases

The Georgia Southern University Libraries make one-time purchases 'on demand' at the request of students, faculty, and staff. One-time purchases include resources that are paid for once, including print books, electronic books, DVDs, and certain kinds of streaming video. To request a resource for addition to the collections, do any of the following:

  1. Fill out the Libraries' Materials Request Form.

  2. Contact your library liaison. Ask for a specific resource or make a general request, such as: “We don’t have enough materials on F. Scott Fitzgerald. We need to have all of his works as well as books of criticism.” Please indicate the library where you'd like the materials to be held (Henderson or Lane), and whether you prefer print or electronic format.

  3. The GIL-Find catalog and Discover @ Georgia Southern include many 'On Demand' titles that you can request for purchase. To do so, follow these instructions. To search these titles, use the form appearing on the Selection Tools page.

You may request materials to be held for you; placed on reserve for students to use; or delivered to your office. You will receive notification via email when your request has been approved and when the materials become available. The Libraries accept purchase requests anytime during the semester; however, it is best to request materials well in advance if they are needed at a specific time. The Libraries will make every effort to obtain the format you request.

Subscription Resources

In addition to one-time purchases, the Libraries make every effort to maintain resource subscriptions needed for research and instruction. Subscription resources are paid for annually, including most journals and databases. As needs change, subscriptions may be updated or cancelled in order to subscribe to other resources.  

The Libraries maintain a 'Wish List' of desired subscription resources and encourage all faculty to submit your subscription requests to your library liaison for addition to the list. The Libraries regularly review with the faculty our current subscriptions and wish list to identify subscription changes that benefit research and instruction.

Online Learning

The Libraries support online learning and instruction!  Following are some resources to consider when planning online instruction:  

  • Overdrive – Downloadable digital and audiobooks for individual use; mostly current, popular titles. There is often a waiting list for these titles, so complete the Libraries' Materials Request Form or contact your library liaison if you plan to assign an OverDrive title for your class.

Policy Highlights

See the complete Collection Development Policy for more information:

  • Print Books: Print books are purchased by student, faculty, or staff request. In some instances, books are available either in print or electronic format, but not both. The Libraries make every effort to obtain the format requested.

  • Electronic Books: The electronic format is often preferred for books because they are generally more accessible to students, faculty, and staff. Many electronic books allow unlimited simultaneous access, which is preferable for titles that are likely to be assigned for classes.

  • Journals/Serials (Print/Electronic): Serials are purchased or subscribed to in all areas of the curriculum, including popular and current events titles. The Libraries continually accept and evaluate serial requests, and maintain a 'Wish List' for desired subscriptions.

  • Textbooks: Upon faculty request, the Libraries will acquire one copy of a print textbook for use as a 'Reserve' copy. The Libraries encourage acquisition of electronic books for coursework when possible.