Bucks County Free Library encourages library users to suggest items for our collection. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, we place a limit of 60 suggestions per person, per year. To make the best use of your suggestions, please follow the steps below.
- Check the catalog: Before sending us your suggestion, always check the catalog or ask a library staff member to see if the library owns or has ordered the item. If yes, you can place a hold with your library card and the item will be sent to your choice of library. The hold service is free and does not count toward your annual limit of 60 requests!
- Has the item been published? BCFL orders new books and A/V materials three months before publication and eBooks and eAudiobooks one month before publication. We rarely or never miss big authors and bestsellers! If you wait to put in your request until after something is published, you won’t waste any of your 60 requests.
- Give as much information as possible and include only one item per request: The more information you include about the title, the easier it is for us to process your suggestion. Include the title, author, series, season, as well as the name of any newspaper or magazines where you read about the title. Each title in a series (or each season, for television series) must be requested separately and will count toward your annual limit of 60 requests.
- Items we are not purchasing: There are some items and formats such as textbooks and reference books that we do not purchase for our collections because they are better suited for an academic library. Also, because of our collection purchasing guidelines, we do not purchase video games by request nor are we purchasing music CDs for our collection.
If the item you are looking for is out of print or otherwise difficult to find, we will most likely be unable to purchase it. However, it may still be possible to acquire the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
A note for authors: Authors requesting that the library purchase their books should not use this form, but should instead submit their request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to Suggest a Purchase? Fill out the form.
If you have any questions about the status of your request, just check with your local library!