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Make items available for students

Add items to High Demand

You can request to add items to the High Demand Collection (HDC) if you predict demand will be particularly high. These items will then be available to students on short-term loan.

  • Books: 4 hour loan
  • CDs: 1 day loan
  • DVDs, Blu Ray and VHS: either 4-hour, 1-day or standard loan (default is 1 day)

We can also add items to the HDC in an emergency, for example if ordered copies have not arrived or demand is higher than expected. It also improves circulation of books of which there are only limited copies because they are too expensive or out of print.

Teaching staff may temporarily place their own personal copies of books, periodicals or AV materials in the HDC for students to borrow. As we don’t own the items, they’ll be stored in a locked cupboard and will not be given Library ownership stickers or security triggers. Once demand ceases, or you instruct us, we’ll withdraw the items and return them to you.

High Demand items are shelved in the Laidlaw Library and Health Sciences Library.

What can be kept in the High Demand Collection

We can keep the following items in HDC:

  • Books and periodicals transferred temporarily from Main and Core Text collections
  • Books bought specifically for the HDC
  • CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and VHS tapes
  • Ordnance Survey maps

Make a request

Please complete a form for each item you wish to be added to the HDC, giving as much information as you can.

Before you make a request to add an item to the HDC, please search the Library catalogue as the item may already be in the collection.

Request forms for lecturer's own material and for unpublished material should be completed, printed out and brought in person to the Laidlaw Library enquiry desk, along with the items you wish to add. Forms should be marked for the attention of Laidlaw Collection Services staff.

If you want the Library to purchase new titles or extra copies of titles, please use our book suggestion form.

Deadline for requests

The deadline for semester 1 2017/18 is 8 September 2017.

We will not turn down requests received after the deadline, but we will prioritise those made on time and cannot guarantee when late requests will be available.

During the semester, we aim to make material available within two weeks of a request being made, although items already out on loan or those which have to be bought may take longer.

Removal of items

Due to space restrictions we expect to hold only 10–15 essential items per course at any one time. The HDC is regularly edited to ensure that it only contains items that are truly in high demand.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please contact the Laidlaw Library Collection Services Team