Generally, the University Libraries purchase items in all of the following formats
For books we generally purchase the format requested by the faculty. For reference titles, we have an e-preferred policy but will buy the format that is of the most use to our students and faculty.
When considering the format in which to purchase a particular title, Marx Library librarians consider the following issues:
Generally the University Libraries do not purchase duplicates of print material unless there is high demand for the title. An example of this would be the titles chosen for the university's Common Read/Common World program. If high usage is expected, rather than purchase multiple print copies, the library will attempt to purchase multiple use electronic copies when available.
Departments served by the Marx Library generally receive a book allocation. This money may be used to purchase books, serials, or databases. When looking at subscription materials, the following criteria must be kept in mind: