Suggestions for Purchase FAQ

Click on the frequently asked questions below to find answers.

  • Will a hold be placed if the title I suggest is purchased?

    Yes, if you specify this. When you submit your suggestion, please indicate whether you’d like to reserve the item or not but keep in mind that the $1 charge for holds not picked up applies in this case as well.

  • I like to read the books on the bestseller lists. Should I make a suggestion for purchase for titles I come across this way?

    You can count on the library to order books by popular and bestselling authors. For example, titles that appear on bestseller lists or that are reviewed in the national media will be automatically ordered. Check the catalogue periodically, and place your hold when it appears.

  • Does the library consider older titles or out-of-print titles as suggestions for purchase?
    Generally, only books published within the last three years will be considered as suggestions for purchase. Books become harder to obtain the older their publication date is. The library does not consider suggestions for out-of-print titles sold by antiquarian or second-hand retailers.
  • I’ve noticed that some series I like to read are incomplete. Will the library approve suggestions to complete a series?

    You are welcome to suggest already published titles to complete or fill gaps in a series. When deciding whether to purchase a series title staff, will consider:

    • Whether the series is named or defined by the publisher;
    • Whether there is established and ongoing demand for the series;
    • Whether the remaining titles of the series are available for purchase.
  • Do you accept suggestions for movies on DVD?

    The library generally buys movies that have had box-office success after they have been released to DVD. Check the catalogue regularly for those titles; you do not need to make a suggestion for purchase for these films.

    The library also buys movies that have had critical acclaim but limited theatrical release. Often these movies can be harder to identify and you are encouraged to bring the flims to our attention.

  • Most TV series are available on DVD as soon as the season is completed. Which series will the library buy?

    As there are thousands of TV series available on DVD, the library cannot buy everything. The library will buy a selection of titles, and will give priority to those TV series no longer available for viewing on television.

  • The library has lots of TV series and movies. What about documentaries and how-to DVDs; does the library buy those?

    The library buys a range of informational or documentary DVDs and you are encouraged to make suggestions for such titles.

  • I just bought a new DVD/Blu-Ray Disc player. Does the library buy HD or Blu-Ray movies?

    The Library will not be buying movies in HD or Blu-Ray format at this point in time.