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Library Resources -- Recommendations and Requests

This guide is about submitting a resource recommendation or request to the Library.


In the context of scholarly and academic research, a book is a publication that has explored a particular theme or subject area in depth. The Library considers book recommendations based on our policies and guidelines. Our evaluation criteria include:

  • Relevance (to research, teaching or learning)
  • Priority
  • Urgency
  • Cost/Fund availability
  • Ease-of-use
  • Ease-of-maintenance

Physical or Electronic Book (E-Book)
Depending on the publisher, the e-book may or may not be available for libraries to purchase. When available, Library may purchase the e-book only and not the physical copy.

Be it a physical or e-book, generally we will only buy one copy of each title. The Library prefers to use our limited funds to purchase different titles, and we reserve the right to make the final decision for book purchases.

See also: Overview of E-Books

Who can submit a Book Recommendation?

All members of NTU Library can submit a book recommendation.


  • For course instructors requesting for Course Reserves, please refer to this page.
  • Faculty, researchers and students of NIE and RSIS should contact their respective libraries.

How do I submit a Book Recommendation?

There are now two ways to submit a Book Recommendation.



  • Go to OneSearch and "Sign In".
  • Find the book in OneSearch. Under "Refine my results", you will need to select "Search beyond Library holdings" so as to find books that are not available from NTU Library. Such items will show "No Online Access".
  • Click on the title to display the full record.
  • Under the section "How to get it", you will see the form "Book Recommendation".
  • Key details about the book are available in the full record. You may copy-and-paste accordingly into the book recommendation form.

Within two working days, your recommendation will be input into OneSearch, and it will show up as a Purchase Request in your library account (look under My Requests")

*Below are some guiding questions for you to consider when providing details to support your recommendation:

  1. Which research project or course/assignment is this for?
  2. How will this be used?
  3. How important is this title to you, and why so?
    Please provide sufficient details here especially if you have ranked the importance as Rank A.
  4. By when do you need this book?
  5. Have you looked at what the Library already has or considered alternatives?
  6. Have you previewed the title or examined the table-of-contents to judge the relevance?

How do I track the status of my Book Recommendation? How soon can the book be purchased and made available?

To track the status of your request, go to OneSearch and "Sign In".

Under "My Account" > "Requests", you will see a list of the active requests that you submitted.

For Book Recommendations, you will see one of the following status:

  • In Review
  • Approved or Rejected

When your recommendation is approved or rejected, you will receive an email notification from NTU Library.

After the Library has decided to purchase a book, we will source for a vendor and order the book. Because you had recommended the title,

  • For physical items, it will be "Placed On Hold" for you to borrow when it is ready.
  • For electronic items, you will be notified via email when the item is ready for access.

The turnaround time for you to borrow or access the book largely depends on:

  • The number of book recommendations we have to manage at any time
  • Whether there is sufficient information for us to review the request
  • The time it takes for the vendor to process the purchase order
  • Whether the book is a physical book or e-book:
    • Physical items may take up to 12 weeks depending on stock availability and the time required for shipping. Titles in stock at local suppliers generally take 3-7 working days
    • E-books generally take 2-5 working days
  • The time it takes for the Library to catalogue and process the item