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Welcome to the USC Libraries' Recommend-A-Book home page. Below you will find ways that USC faculty, staff and currently enrolled students can recommend purchases for the library’s collections.

Before proceeding, please verify that USC does not own the item. If you have not already checked HOMER (the libraries' catalog), please do so now.

To place a course-reserves request or access materials already placed on reserve, please use the ARES course-reserves system rather than Recommend-a-Book. Please also use ARES to request DVDs for classroom viewing.

(1) Standard Purchase Recommendation (SPR)

We encourage USC faculty, staff and currently enrolled students to recommend items for the libraries' collections. Subject specialist librarians will consider all recommendations and make a final decision on whether to purchase items. Health sciences book requests will be forwarded to the Health Sciences Libraries for consideration. A librarian will send you an e-mail with the purchase decision no later than 30 days after receiving your recommendation.

In order to recommend an item, select from the following:

(2) Library Expedited Acquisitions Program (LEAP)

If you have an urgent need for the item (within seven days) please use our Library Expedited Acquisitions Program (LEAP) rather than the Standard Purchase Recommendation. Please be aware that if a decision is made to purchase an item, it may take several months to obtain and process it, especially if it is from another country. You will be notified when it has arrived and is ready for circulation.

Some items, especially those requiring ongoing commitments such as journals, or very expensive items such as electronic databases, may fall outside the funding limits and not be purchased immediately.

In addition, the libraries do not purchase textbooks, how-to manuals, best-sellers or materials not relevant to academic programs at USC, such as those pertaining to veterinary medicine.