In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting need to pivot to hybrid or virtual learning environments, the College Libraries' will be transitioning our book acquisitions strategies towards becoming e-preferred. This means that all book requests will be considered as an e-book purchase first rather than a print purchase.
E-books provide these benefits to the College of Charleston community:
In the current e-book marketplace, there are many platforms and access models. When making your monograph requests, it is extremely important that you let us know what your specific needs are for your students and your courses in terms of potential concurrent users. This way we can ensure that we are purchasing the best access model for your needs.
Print purchases will still be considered based on the following exceptions:
With the removal of print reserves in the fall, we would caution that requesting print materials may not only inherently limit access for students, but print material processing will potentially be delayed due to the pandemic.
All material requests can be made using the New Library Resource Order Form.
If you have any questions about this policy, please reach out to the Collection Development Librarian, Kayla Kipps.