Answered By: Loan Nguyen
Last Updated: May 01, 2017     Views: 22

Thanks very much for your comments. I agree that the library must do everything it can to support STEM majors. We are currently working to expand our holdings in these areas and are in communication with these departments to meet their needs efficiently.

I should clarify that if we don't have the latest "editions" of textbooks used in UST courses, that is not through simple neglect. We only rarely purchase textbooks, as a matter of policy. These books are so expensive and go out of date so quickly that buying them year after year would not be a good use of our limited resources. Our main focus is to support research in all these fields, which typically goes beyond books used in the classroom.

I encourage you to talk to your professors about placing materials on reserve in the library for student use, or about resources in your field you are not able to find here. We are quite responsive to faculty members' expressed needs. You can also suggest specific titles for purchase on this page: http://campusguides.stthom.edu/requestform

I would also suggest looking in our online book resources, such as Ebrary, since these books are often more up to date than our print holdings in the STEM subjects.