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Q. The Library has a print copy of a book, can it get the ebook?

I can't get a hold of the print copy of a book, but if there's an ebook, could the Library buy it?  How do I recommend an ebook for the Library to buy?

Answered By: Sharon Nangle
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2021     Views: 13

Before you make a request for the Library to get a book or ebook, it's always worth checking if a scan of the book is already available for you to access freely on archive.org - search using the book title.  If the book has been scanned you will be able to "borrow" the scan by logging in, you'll need to create a free account to do this.  

Students can make book recommendations for the Library to purchase ebooks which they need for their studies by emailing morebooks@st-andrews.ac.uk with the details of the book.  This includes books where the print is already held in the Library, or titles which aren't held at all.

Staff who need a book or ebook for teaching can email readinglists@st-andrews.ac.uk with the details of the book, and the module(s) it's needed for.  Staff who need a book or ebook for their research should email the Academic Liaison Librarian for their subject with the details.

Not all books are available in ebook format, and not all ebooks are available for Libraries to buy, more information about this can be found here.