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Collection Management & Technical Services

The collection management & technical services department works with purchasing, processing, and collection maintenance.

Material Requests 

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  • Book requests will be fulfilled in electronic form (e-book) if available.
    NOTE:  You may opt out of the e-book preferred procedure.  Please inform your liaison or Nicole Zinn ( if you want your orders filled with print rather than electronic content.
  • Special Requests, Rush Orders, and Reserve Items:
    Please email Nicole Zinn ( to provide further details on  books.
    Our procedure is to purchase unlimited, concurrent access to reserve books in e-format when possible, so that all students may use the book at all times without delay.
  • Need something that isn't showing up in GOBI?  Contact your library liaison for further assistance.
  • Books are typically available for use in 2-3 weeks.  Please check the library catalog for availability.
  • To submit an order to the library, use this web form

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Collection Development Philosophy

The Collection Management Department will give full consideration to all requests but may not acquire some materials due to non-approval by university departments, cost, or availability.

Faculty Contacts:

Each Shippensburg University department has its own faculty library contact from within the department, and each department also has a collection development liaison who is a library faculty member.  Your contacts are listed here in the liaisons tab of this guide.  These contacts can assist you in requesting library materials.

Supported Requests:

The goal of collection development at the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library is to acquire materials that support the learning and research needs of Shippensburg University students, faculty, and staff.  These materials are selected to supplement, rather than duplicate, required course readings. For this reason, we avoid purchasing required course textbooks to add to the library collection in most situations.

If you have questions or comments regarding resource recommendations, please contact your library liaison for further assistance.