Music, Theatre, & Dance: Faculty Guide to the Library: Request new library materials & OER

General guidelines for Library Purchases

  1. Criteria for purchase:
    • materials should support the course assignments and the research needs of students;
    • materials should be used at least twice in the first 2 years after purchase
    • consider the quality of the scholarship, uniqueness, authoritativeness, or creativity.
  2. Check to see if we own the item.
  3. Use Document Delivery for obtaining items to support your research; encourage students to do the same.
  4. Email requests to librarian Kim Ranger (

Textbook alternatives

There are many alternatives to expensive textbooks. GVSU Libraries' Open Educational Resources guide may be useful.

Use our new subscription to PressBooks to adapt or author an open access textbook for your course/s.

Email me with open educational resources you are using!

Library storage costs

The University Libraries are very aware of the costs of storing materials. Below are some figures, and following, a form to request materials. In addition to the purchase price, there are the following costs and considerations:

 Estimated Annual Storage Costs:

  • $4.26/ volume annually in stacks
  • $1.53/volume annually in high-density storage system [1]

For every 10,000 monographs added (net):

  • 2,000 square feet of space is required; 2007 construction cost/square foot: $300 = $600,000
  • For every 10,000 monographs retained in stacks, lifetime maintenance cost: $1,195,600 [2]

Circulation probability (1979):

  • If a book did not circulate within the first 2 years of ownership, its chances of ever being borrowed were reduced to 25%
  • If a book did not circulate within the first 6 years of ownership, its chances of ever being borrowed were reduced to 2%.[3]

2010: On average for 4-year colleges, 53% of  books published 2006 or earlier never circulate. If a minimum of 2 uses were established as a criterion for a cost-effective acquisitions program, 71% of the titles would not have been purchased.  Book circulations per enrolled student have decreased from an average of 15 in 1997 to 6 in 2007. [4]  

[1] Courant, Paul and Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen. “On the Cost of Keeping a Book.” CLIR pub 147: The Idea of Order: Transforming Research Collections for 21st Century Scholarship. 2010.

[2] R2 Consulting LLC. 2010.

[3] Kent, Allen. “Use of Library Materials: The University of Pittsburgh Study.” Marcel Dekker Series: Books in Library and Information Science ,Vol. 26. 1979.

[4] R2 Consulting LLC. 2010.

Subjects: Dance, Music, Theatre
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