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Ordering Procedures

Monographs: Books and Instructional Films

Electronic Ordering Methods

E-mail and Web requests

  • E-mail to the Acquisitions Librarian at
  • Discussion list: If a professor sees a great book review on a discussion list for a title useful for supporting Winthrop’s curriculum, the review can be forwarded to the acquisitions librarian at
  • If a useful title is seen on a web site, faculty are also welcome to copy & paste the book information into an e-mail message to the Acquisitions Librarian at 
  • From Library's homepage (, click "Suggestions & Feedback", then "Suggest a Book Dacus Needs"

E-Slips: Electronic (no shipments, but e-notifications) Approval Plan for Books

The library's carefully described components and nuances of each academic program are currently being fine-tuned. More information will be posted once the process is complete.

  • Library recently moved to a different vendor, and the e-slips are currently being developed. Details will be posted as they evolve.

Paper-based Ordering Methods

Choice Reviews on Cards

  • Faculty may use Choice cards as request cards simply by initialing them and returning them to the library.

Bibliographies, book reviews from journals, and publishers' blurbs

To make the ordering process as easy and time-efficient as possible for faculty, professors can also use publisher catalogs, bibliographies, book reviews from journals, publisher's individual-titles advertisements and send them to us.

  • Just circle the desired title(s) and mark them with your initials and priority (see below).

In person
Faculty are always welcome to telephone or to drop by the library to request individual titles.

Book / A-V Requests -- General Information:

When sending requests,

  • The most important information is the title and the author. Also important is the book publisher (or video production company), cost, and year of publication.
  • If the ISBN information is available, please include this also.
  • When requesting items from small or obscure publishers or video production companies, please attach an advertisement or citation with your request, or provide a web link to the needed item.

The library may not be able to order all requests due to budgetary constraints, therefore, please prioritize your requests:

  • Priority "1" titles which are necessary additions to the collection.
  • Priority "2" titles which would be nice to have but not immediately needed.
  • "RUSH" titles that are needed quickly. Clearly mark the request "RUSH" and indicate the specific date the item is needed. You will be notified by phone and/or email when the item arrives.

Budget & Library Materials Categories
Each department is allocated funding for books and audio visual purchases. Within each department, a faculty member is designated to coordinate requests and act as a liaison with the library. Faculty members should submit requests to this liaison, who will forward them to the Monographs and AV Acquisitions Department.

Reference Materials
The library also maintains a library fund for reference materials. Faculty with recommendations for material to be purchased from this fund should send suggestions to the Monographs and A V Acquisitions Librarian.

Winthrop students can also submit requests for books and journals.

  • Through the library's home page, Students can use the "Online forms" function on the Dacus Library website ( and select “Suggestions & Feedback”, then "Suggest a book Dacus needs".
  • In person Students are always welcome to telephone or to drop by the library to request individual titles.

Serials: Journals, Newspapers, Electronic Databases, Annual Publications, Directories, etc.
Requests can be submitted by the methods previously mentioned - electronic, paper, or in-person. The email address for the Head of the Serials Department is The library does not allocate funds to departments for serials subscriptions because of the inter-disciplinary content of many serials and the on going commitment created by these subscriptions.

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