Suggest a purchase

We appreciate your suggestions for materials to add to the library collection. Purchase decisions are guided by the Collection Development and Management Policy.

You may also be able to obtain an item that the library does not own by using interlibrary loan.

Authors and artists

How to submit your work for consideration for the library collection

How to submit suggestions

Print books or other physical materials

You can suggest up to 5 titles per month. Each suggestion submitted must be a single title.

After you suggest a title for purchase, we will let you know whether we are able to purchase it. You’ll see a response in your library account.

If we order the title that you suggested, check the library catalog to place a hold on it.

Suggest a print book or other physical material

eBooks or downloadable audiobooks

You can suggest up to 3 titles per month. To suggest titles for eBooks or downloadable audiobooks, use the Recommend to Library feature in OverDrive.

If the library buys the title, you'll be added to the waiting list and will be notified when your hold is available.

How to use Recommend to Library in OverDrive

  1. Go to the Twin Cities Metro eLibrary OverDrive website (not the Libby app), sign in and search for an item.
  2. If you don’t see the title you want in the results, select “Recommend to Library” under the "Availability" filter to see titles that Hennepin County Library doesn't own.
  3. If the title you want is marked “Not Owned,” click on the “Recommend” link.
  4. If the title you want does not appear, we are not able to order it at this time.

Note: Recommendations are format-specific, so be sure you recommend the format (eBook or downloadable audiobook) that you want.

To see titles you've already recommended, go to My Account/Recommendations on the Twin Cities Metro eLibrary OverDrive website.