Purchase Suggestions

Purchase Suggestion

Purchase Suggestion Form

Can’t find an item you want in the library catalog? Submit a request for us to buy it by completing a Purchase Suggestion Form.

Things to know about purchase suggestions

Items can only be requested on or after the publication date

Purchase requests will not be considered prior to the item’s publication date. (Amazon.com is a great place to find out when an item is going to be published.)

We can’t guarantee the item will be purchased

While we value your input, there are many factors that go into purchase decisions. Submitting a request does not guarantee we will purchase the item.

Information needed to submit a purchase suggestion

  • Name
  • Provo City Library card number
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Title
  • Author
  • Format
  • ISBN (Optional)

How long will it take if the item is purchased?

Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for the item to be ordered, cataloged, and processed.

What if I need the item sooner?
Consider an Interlibrary Loan request which usually takes 1-3 weeks for the item to be mailed from another library.

After submitting your purchase suggestion

Getting notified

  • You will be notified via email within a few weeks of your request whether the item will be purchased or not.

Getting your item

  • When possible, we will attempt to place holds on items ordered for you. However, we cannot guarantee a hold will be placed. It is your responsibility to check the catalog periodically to make sure.
  • Once a hold is placed, you will be notified as soon as the item is ready for pick up.

Find out more about our materials selection policy
The Provo City Library Materials Selection Policy exists to serve as the library’s guide in the selection of materials. For more information please ask at the 1st Floor Reference Desk or call 801-852-6661.