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
  • Music CDs
  • Books on CD
  • DVDs and Blu-rays
  • Video games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo 3DS
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks may be recommended directly through the Library’s OverDrive website or via the OverDrive app (purchase suggestions cannot be made via the Libby app at this time). 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.
  • Out of print or used items
  • Textbooks
  • Video games for consoles other than PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo 3DS
  • 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 or via the OverDrive app, 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.

How can I borrow a title the Library doesn't own?

If an item is not listed in our online catalog, we may be able to borrow the material from another library in the United States through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Suggest an item for purchase

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Rev. 7-2018