On 1 February the Library starts with two striking special actions within Wageningen UR for a trial period of one year: free borrowing and 50% reduction on the purchase price of books. These actions have the following background:
Unlike journal subscriptions an important part of the books purchased by Wageningen UR are paid for by Departments and Institutes. This is alright, except that more and more often these books are not placed in the library. As a result, these books purchased from general resources, are not accessible for fellow researchers/teachers and students. This also violates the joint responsibility for the building and management of a good collection, for now and for the future. The Library thinks it is important to alter this tendency, which causes gaps in the collection, in the interest of all library users. The Library therefore makes budget available in 2006 for actions which make it more attractive to make books, purchased for research and/or teaching, available for the library collection.
Borrowing books from your work place will be free of charge as of 1 February for employees of Wageningen UR.
To be able to borrow free of charge it is required that the request is presented via the website. And, also, the requested book should be in the library's collection. If the Library must ask for the book from a library outside Wageningen, there will be charges.
50% discount when purchasing books
The second action concerns ordering of books. Ordering books via the Library already has the advantage of intensive supervision of the ordering process. Now an extra discount is added!
Chair groups and Business Units of Wageningen UR, who purchase their books via Library UR, will receive a reduction of 50% on the purchase price, if the publication wil be placed in the Library. The person who ordered the book will be the first to borrow it. This arrangement applies only to scientific (study) books in the subject areas of Wageningen UR.
For more information on the special actions of the Library, please ask the Head of your library.