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“Do you need the Library to acquire a new book, DVD, CD, or music score to support your learning, teaching, or research needs?”

“We welcome and encourage book purchase requests for the Library from current New College, Oxford students and academics.”

Current New College members may request that the Library purchase books, DVDs, CDs, and music scores for its collections.

If your request is approved, the Library will order the item from one of our suppliers, and

  • — notify you once it is available for you to collect and borrow from the Library; or
  • — if you cannot come to the Library due to the pandemic, arrange for it to be delivered directly to your home.

Items the Library acquires in response to reader requests will remain the property of New College Library, Oxford.  If we arrange for the book to be sent to you as a ‘home-delivery’ book purchase request, in due course you will be asked to return the book to the Library, where it will be added to our collections.  If you fail to return the book, or it it has been unduly damaged, the Library will charge you for the costs incurred via Battels.  By placing a book request, you are agreeing to these terms.

 

What should I do first?
How do I place a request?
What will happen after I have placed the book request?
If I am outside of the UK and require ‘home-delivery’, can I make a book purchase request to a non-UK address?

 

What should I do first?

First, check our online catalogue, SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online), to find out whether New College Library already holds the item you are wanting and a copy is available for borrowing.  If it is, you do not need to place a book purchase request.  Instead, you can borrow the item via our ‘Browse & Borrow’ or ‘Click & Collect’ services.

 

How do I place a request?

If New College Library does not already hold a copy of the item you would like, or a copy is not currently available in the Library, please email the Librarian (christopher.skelton-foord@new.ox.ac.uk) — with your book purchase request, and include the following information:

  • Bibliographical details of the item (author, title, publisher, year of publication, ISBN), using a link to a supplier (e.g. Blackwell’s or Amazon), where possible
  • Your full name
  • Your full postal address (if you are not available to come into the Library and require that the newly purchased book is sent to you directly to your home).

The email must be sent from your @new.ox.ac.uk email address.

 

What will happen after I have placed the book request?

  • The Library will assess your book purchase request.  Requests are granted at the discretion of the Librarian, and they are subject always to the availability of Library acquisitions funds.  The Library reserves the right to decline a book purchase request.
  • The Library will notify you whether a book purchase will be made or not.

 

  • When the book (or CD, DVD, music score) is available, we shall email you to let you know you can collect the item from a book trolley in the entrance hall of the Library, and borrow it using one of the borrowing machines in the entrance hall.
    • You may not remove the book from the Library until you have borrowed it using one of the borrowing machines.  Please collect it from the Library entrance hall as soon as possible after we have emailed you, because space to hold purchase requests is limited.

       

  • If you cannot access the Library due to the pandemic:
    • The Library will arrange for the book to be sent directly to your home address (please ensure you supply your full postal address).

 

If I am outside of the UK and require ‘home-delivery’ because of the pandemic, can I make a book purchase request to a non-UK address?

Yes, in most cases.  If our supplier can ship to your country, you can make use of this service.

 

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