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Readers are encouraged to recommend works for purchase: the preferred means is via the online recommendation form but direct contact with the French team within Collections and Academic Liaison is also welcome, via the e-mail address Departmental staff are also happy to accept marked-up publishers’ catalogues, booksellers’ lists or prospectuses, or the details of a book simply contained in a letter or note.

Readers are not normally informed that the works they have recommended have been approved, and they may assume that their recommendations have been ordered unless they are notified to the contrary. Most works recommended by readers are acquired within a few weeks. The Department normally orders from suppliers in the country of publication, as this has been found to be more reliable, as well as offering financial advantages. It does mean, however, that it may take longer to acquire a book than the recommender expects. In addition, because of the amount of material being received, it is inevitable that there is some delay between receipt of parcels and the processing of the books.