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E-Book Selection: General
Normally, any title which is available simultaneously in electronic format and hard copy will be purchased as an e-book. The following exceptions to and confirmations of the policy are noted.
- Hard copy will be purchased if the selector has specified hard copy and provides a justification.
- Art books are generally not available in e-format, but even if they are, we get the hard copy unless there is a special reason to get the e-book.
- Technical manuals (how to use software programs, etc.) will only be purchased as e-books. If no electronic format is available, the library will not purchase the hard copy. (Please check the Safari e-book collection for technical manuals.)
- If the item's author is a UTEP faculty member, a hard copy will be purchased for the Faculty Collection and an e-book will be purchased for the Main collection.
- Except in special cases such as books by faculty authors, multiple copies and multiple formats will not be purchased. If we have an e-book, we will not purchase a hard copy without authorization from the AUL for Technical Services.
E-Book Selection: Access & Availability
- The Library Acquisitions Unit selects the best available e-book option. We are limited by what is available, so we cannot guarantee availability to unlimited simultaneous users for all e-books. Most of our e-books are available to multiple simultaneous users. At the very least, an e-book will be available to one reader at a time, just as a hard copy would be.
- The Library does not purchase books which are currently being used as textbooks in UTEP classes because
- If a textbook is in the library collection, it is likely to disappear quickly
- Purchasing a copy of each textbook would be prohibitively expensive
- Textbooks are typically revised frequently, and it would be even more expensive to keep up with new editions
- If we had a textbook collection on Reserve, it would take a huge amount of space and staff time to house and maintain it
- We encourage professors to select texts for which e-books are available so that they will be available to multiple students at once.