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Moon Library Policies and Guidelines

Information regarding library policies and guidelines related to purchase requests, donations, guest computer use, and more.

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Moon Library welcomes suggestions for new library materials.  Requests may be sent to Moon Library, in whatever format is most convenient including the request form that resides at: Before requests are sent to the Library, the catalog should be searched to be sure the Library doesn’t already own the material or has already placed an order for the material. 

Recommendations will be reviewed and ordered as long as funds are available and the request matches the Library’s collection development guidelines. Materials will generally not be ordered under the following circumstances:

  1. Moon already owns the material.
  2. Syracuse University owns the material and it doesn't seem necessary to duplicate it.
  3. The subject matter is clearly outside the Library's responsibility.
  4. The price is astronomical. 

The Library will acknowledge receipt of recommendations indicating what course of action is being taken (ordered, or not ordered and why.)

Once a request has been ordered it may be received in a matter of days or it can take months depending upon its availability and other considerations. (Take this into consideration when ordering materials for classes!). Orders may be tracked in the library catalog. "Copy ordered..." or "In process" (material has been received and is being cataloged for the collection) messages will appear in place of the library call number. Requests may be searched by the author or title of the material ordered. If uncertain of the title or author, requesters may search their name in a Command Boolean search (e.g. Elkins AND request.)

Once requests are received in the Library they are processed fairly rapidly. However requests may be rush processed if this is requested when material is ordered. Use the "on order" or "in process" form on this Web site.