Ebook Policy

The University Libraries employ a Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA) model in which faculty are encouraged to submit book requests for all research or course needs, including course texts.  All available titles will be purchased in electronic format if available.  Although not all books have been made available in electronic format by publishers, the libraries will purchase all books in electronic format if they are available to be accessed by multiple users. Print volumes will be purchased only if viable electronic versions are unavailable.

This can be done through:  

  1. Direct Request via the “Request a Purchase” link on the Library webpage
  2. Direct Request via email: All requests may be sent to the Acquisitions team, located in the ERL: library_acquisitions@mercer.edu
  3. Course syllabi: Faculty are encouraged to forward the required materials/readings for each course to the Library for procurement. The Library will then purchase these materials electronically (if available as multi-use) and in print (if necessary) thus providing free access to course materials for students, whether electronically, or in print (through course reserves).
  4. Faculty bibliographies: Mercer University faculty sit at the leading edge of research in their respective fields. They are highly encouraged to share lists of recommended titles with the Library via email, through Research Services Librarians, through Library Directors, or through the “suggest a book” link on the Library webpage. 

For any questions or concerns, please contact the University Libraries’ Acquisitions division, library_acquisitions@mercer.edu

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