Suggestions for Purchase can be made by patrons who are requesting that materials be purchased for the library. Patron suggestions must be made through personal accounts. Regardless of the decision to purchase or not, an email notification will be sent to the patron, notifying them of the decision.
You can only place an item on hold once it has been purchased. If you receive a notification that the library has decided to purchase the material, log into your account and place a hold, call the reference desk, or stop on by and speak to anyone on staff.
All suggestions are sent to the librarian in charge of that specific collection, and are carefully evaluated based on a number of criteria. For more information regarding purchase selection, please see the 'Materials Selection' PDF located in the 'Related Library Documents' section of this page,
There are three ways to make a Suggestion for Purchase:
(1) Logging onto your library account and submitting your request online (see directions below)
(2) You may call library at (408) 354-6890
(3) You can come into the library, and speak to anyone at the reference desks. Please be sure to bring your library card with you!
Submitting your Request Online
1.) Open the Library Catalog webpage. You should login using your library card number and PIN. Please note, you cannot submit a purchase suggestion without a library account.
2.) Scroll down to the bottom of the page
3.) The left hand side of your account page, there is a side toolbar with a number of options to edit your account. Tap 'your purchase suggestions'
4.) Tap 'New Purchase Suggestion'
5.) Fill out the form to make a purchase suggestion. Only the title is required, but the more information you enter, the easier it will be for the librarians to find the title you are requesting, so please be as thorough as possible. The 'Notes' field can be used to provide any addition information.
6.) Tap 'Submit your suggestion' A new page will open up informing you that your suggestion has been submitted. You may also notice that the page will say 'There are no pending purchase suggestions'. It take a few minutes for the computer to submit the information. Wait a minute, and refresh the page.
7.) Once the order has been submitted, you can check the status of that suggestion (to see if it has been accepted or rejected) or cancel the request.