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Requesting Books and Articles not in the Library

by Ann Moriarty, Reference Librarian

Response GraphicIn the Library’s most recent Annual Report, we listed our holdings for some of the most popular resource types, including the following:

  • Print books: 322,124
  • E-books: 460,174
  • E-journals: 353,033
  • Streaming videos: 19,572
  • Databases: 219

While the librarians strive to select the best books, e-books, and journals to meet the research needs of the Regent community, it will never be possible to have all the resources that individual projects may require. In the 2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received the following requests for more books, e-books, and journal articles:

  • “More books pertaining to student development would be appreciated.”
  • “I use the library almost exclusively. I wish more books were offered electronically.”
  • “We need access to more databases.”
  • “It would be nice if I were able to access the full text of more articles.”
"I need this article!"

“I need this article!”

The Library is always happy to receive suggestions for new books, e-books, databases, and other resources. To request a purchase, use our online form. If you need something quickly that we don’t have, our InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service can get most journal articles in 2-3 business days and most books in about a week.

If you need something even faster than ILL can procure, you might want to consider a visit to another library. The reference librarians can help you with emergency searching in other libraries’ catalogs. On-campus students have borrowing privileges at Tidewater Academic Consortium libraries, and distance students can be reimbursed for the fee for a card at an academic library in their area. For more information about these benefits, contact the Circulation Services.

While we are confident that the Library’s collection will meet the great majority of your research needs, with a little planning, even items that we don’t currently have can almost always be quickly obtained.

Feedback Express — How can I suggest a purchase?

Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

On the 2009-2010 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received a number of comments from students and faculty who felt that the Library collection was deficient in certain areas. The following remarks are representative:

  • The collection of films and plays needs to be bulked up. There are several classics in both that need to be in the collection but are not.
  • Need more resources on Christian feminists, Christian egalitarian writers, and women in ministry (ordained); would like to see more feminist writings in general.
  • I feel that the library needs to update its section on African Americans in the film industry.

The Library is always happy to receive suggestions for new books, films, periodicals, databases, and other resources. To request a purchase, use our online form or contact a member of the Library faculty.

If you have a question or concern about the Library that you would like to see addressed in this space, please use our online comment form or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.