Q. A note about purchasing vs. borrowing items
College departments are given yearly library allocations to purchase materials to support their curriculum including reserve items and a/v materials. Click for a list of librarian liaisons by department.
ILL requests are used as tools in collection development under various monikers: purchase-on-demand (POD), patron-driven acquisitions (PDA), and demand-driven acquisitions (DDA). The goal is to streamline the process (whether through borrowing, purchasing or licensing) to meet the immediate needs of our users while potentially adding high-use titles to our collection. ILL requests that meet set criteria will be considered for purchase.
Also, patrons are invited to suggest items for purchase through email: Acquisitions@bridgewater.edu.