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We're expanding our e-book collection. Again.

The University Libraries recently adjusted a buying practice to ensure we offer as many e-books as we possibly can.

Increasingly book vendors provide options that allow us to purchase e-books instead of print when both are available. We’ve now formally committed to purchasing e-books when given that choice. Print still dominates the publishing industry, however: about 85 percent of all new books we acquire will be in print format.

This buying strategy supports our strategic plan and signals a commitment to managing resources as effectively as possible on behalf of campus teaching and research needs.  

“Our collections are changing,” says Gerri Foudy, Manager of Collections. "E-books can provide better access. More people can read an electronic book at the same time, and they can get it day or night, regardless if the library’s open. In addition, e-books will help us minimize constraints on library space.” 

Already the University Libraries offer hundreds of thousands of e-books, from poetry and prose in the humanities  to highly technical books in engineering and the sciences. 

We can often make e-books available more quickly. In a single transaction, for example,  we added 60,000 titles to the collection.

Because researchers sometimes prefer a print copy of a book, we invite members of the University of Maryland community to request that we also purchase a print copy if it better serves their needs.

To request a purchase, please use this form.

To learn more about our e-book collections and e-readers:

If you have questions, please contact Gerri Foudy, Manager of Collections,  at