Suggestion for Purchase FAQ

The Library welcomes your suggestions regarding items that you would like to see included in the Fresno County Public Library’s collection.

Before submitting a purchase suggestion, please check the online catalog to make sure that the Library does not already own the item. The Library will not purchase an item if it can be loaned through another library in the catalog.

Please read the following information before requesting an item for purchase.

Who can suggest titles for purchase?

All Fresno County Public Library cardholders may submit purchase suggestions.

What items can be purchased?

  • Books published within the last 2 years
  • Music CDs
  • Books on CD
  • DVDs and Blu-rays
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks may be recommended directly through the Library’s OverDrive site. To learn how to recommend titles through OverDrive, click here.

All suggestions for purchase are subject to the same selection criteria as other materials and are not automatically added to the collection. It is the Library's intent that suggestions for purchase be used to help the Library in developing collections which serve the interests and needs of the community.

What won't be purchased?

  • Items the Library already owns, even if they are non-circulating or have holds.
  • Books published more than 2 years ago. Older items may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Out of print or used items
  • Self-published items
  • Items the Library is unable to locate

Are there any fees?

There are no fees to suggest an item for purchase.

Will a hold request be placed?

For print books and media, a request will not be placed for you.  You may check the online catalog and place a request for yourself if the item appears in the catalog. 

When recommending eBooks and eAudiobooks directly through our OverDrive site, you may choose to be automatically placed on the holds list if the title is purchased.

How can I check the status of a suggestion?

Check the online catalog to see if suggested print books or media have been ordered. When submitting OverDrive recommendations, you may choose to receive an email notice if the eBook or eAudiobook is purchased.

If an item is purchased it will be added to the catalog when it is ordered. This may take several weeks.

Suggest an item for purchase

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Rev. 11-2016