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    Suggestion for Purchase

    The Daviess County Public Library has a multitude of items available for check out each and every day of the year including audios, CD’s, DVD’s, books, ebooks, and the list goes on. We also order plenty of new items on a continuing basis throughout the year as well in each of the different departments to try and keep up with the demand from our customers and to try and stay ahead on what’s coming in the future. However, sometimes there may be certain items that we don’t own in our collection and that is where the Suggestion for Purchase program comes in.

    The Suggestion for Purchase program basically states that if you look in our online card catalog, which is Polaris, and you don’t find a particular item that you are interested in then you have the ability to “suggest” to one of our staff members that we buy this item for the library collection. The Suggestion for Purchase form, otherwise known as SFP, can be found on the library’s web page at www.dcplibrary.org and then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the words “suggest a purchase. Once the form appears, you will fill it out completely with your 14-digit library barcode number (no dashes or spaces please). Also, you will type in your first and last name and either a phone number or email of where you can be reached. I would always advise leaving a phone number regardless so that if there are any questions we can contact you more quickly that way. In the bottom part of the form you can select the type of audience for the item including Children, Teen, Adult or Graphic Novel. Also, you will want to select whether the item is going to be Fiction or Non-Fiction. Remember that a fiction item primarily means that it’s not true and a non-fiction item is something that is real or a true story. In other words, Stephen King’s books are fictional in nature and Dr. Phil’s books would be non fiction, just to give you an idea of the differences.

    Finally, at the very bottom of the form you will want to make sure and fill out the Title and Author of the item you are interested in asking us to purchase. If you know the particular item’s ISBN number that is wonderful. However, if you do not, that’s okay too. ISBN is an acronym that stands for: International Standards Book Number and every single item has one of these. It’s basically like an individual fingerprint for the book to differentiate it from all of the other titles available in the marketplace. If you want to know even more about ISBN, go to this site to learn even more: http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/about/index.html.

    Oh, I did want to mention a few quick tips when filling out the SFP form for submission to the library.

    • Tip #1: Always type in your entire 14-digit library barcode with no dashes or spaces
    • Tip #2: Always make sure when inputting your phone number that you type it in this way: 270-684-0211.
    • Tip #3: Requests go to a variety of selectors to choose whether or not we will order an item for the collection and many factors go into that decision-making process.
    • Tip #4: Due to the large amount of requests that we receive, we do not contact the customer to let them know whether or not we will purchase a particular item.
    • Tip #5: There is a white box at the bottom of the form that you are welcome to leave extra comments in regarding the item you are asking to have purchased.
    • Tip #6: If a particular item doesn’t qualify as an SFP, then it might qualify as something that we can get through our Interlibrary Loan program instead.

    As a last thought, the SFP can be filled out at home through your own computer, you may call in and we will take a request over the phone, and you can certainly come into the library and place a request at any of our public service desks as well. As always, if you have any questions about the services we provide here at the library, don’t hesitate to contact us at 270-684-0211.

     

     

     

     

     
     
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