Recommending books can be done either by filling in the form below or a book recommendation slip available from the Library issue desk .
Library Book Recommendation
Subject to meeting our collection remit, the Deputy Librarian will approve the recommendation and order a copy from the College suppliers or another source. We try to process orders as quickly as possible, but factors out of our control may cause a delay, so please bear this in mind when placing a request. Books that are ‘print to order’ or that come from overseas publishers may take many weeks to arrive.
An email will be sent when an item is ready for borrowing. Books will usually be held in the Library office for three working days to give the recommender priority in borrowing them. If they are not collected within this time, they will be placed on the open shelves.
Please consult the Library Acquisitions Policy below to check that the book you wish to recommend falls within the usual range of books purchased for the Library. If you wish to recommend a book which falls outside these guidelines, you are urged to write to the Deputy Librarian explaining why you feel it should be purchased. The Deputy Librarian may contact your Director of Studies for advice in certain cases, for example if the book is very expensive.
Library Acquisitions Policy
This policy relates to acquisitions only; it does not provide a full statement of the aims and purposes of the College Library.
- The College Library provides an important supplement to the holdings of the University Library and of faculty and departmental libraries. It does not aim to hold materials not available elsewhere in Cambridge, but to provide readily-accessible additional copies.
- Materials will be purchased for Parts 1A and 1B of all triposes offered by the College. Materials will also be purchased for Part II courses which are compulsory or commonly taken by a majority of students. In selecting materials for purchase regard will be had to recommendations by directors of studies, college supervisors, and students; and to faculty and departmental reading lists. Basic materials which students can be expected to own will not necessarily be purchased. A small number of duplicate copies of heavily-used textbooks may be purchased. However the Library does not aim to provide enough copies for every student.
- The College Library does not aim to cater fully for graduate courses, but materials relevant to taught graduate courses may be purchased, subject to the criteria set out above.
- Recommendations for purchase from Directors of Studies, college supervisors, and students are strongly encouraged, and are essential in maintaining and developing the collection. Recommendations from students should be endorsed by the relevant Director of Studies. Click on ‘Recommending Books’ in the menu for further guidance.
- Weeding by Library staff and Directors of Studies to remove materials which are no longer useful is essential to avoid the collection’s being burdened with unnecessary material, and to conserve shelf-space.
- The cost of subscriptions to journals, and the range of journals available, is such that no more than a select range of journal titles can be maintained. A wide range of journals is now available online to members of the University free of charge through the University Library website and faculty and departmental websites.
- The College Library is an academic library. There is a small College and Cambridge collection, but the Library does not generally aim to provide materials (e.g. travel guides; light fiction) which are more appropriately provided by the public library service or other agencies.
- Replacement of missing books. The College Library stock is checked annually, and missing titles recorded. Missing books will be replaced at the discretion of the Deputy Librarian (College Library), taking into account historic usage and Directors of Studies' wishes.
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