Suggest an ebook or eaudiobook title

The library offers ebooks and downloadable audiobooks through two platforms:  

1) Libraries on the Go OverDrive - This collection of ebooks and eaudiobooks is purchased by a consortium of five Ontario public libraries, including Barrie.  The Library is currently only able to purchase ebook and eaudiobook titles through this platform.  If a title you would like is not available in OverDrive, we are not able to purchase the title.  You must sign in to Libraries on the Go in order to make a suggestion.  See detailed instructions below.

2) Hoopla - This collection of ebook and eaudiobook is a set collection and individual libraries cannot purchase, add, or remove individual titles from Hoopla. 

How do I suggest an ebook or downloadable audiobook title for purchase?

You can use the "Recommend to Library" feature in Libraries on the Go to suggest titles for the library's collection of ebooks & downloadable audiobooks.

You can suggest three titles every 30 days. To recommend ebooks or eaudiobooks follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Libraries on the Go OverDrive account.
  2. Search by author, title or keyword to be provided with the ability to recommend a title.  You can enter any search to reach the next step.
  3. Under "Availability" on the right, select "Recommend to library".Search results with arrow pointing to Additional Titles to Recommend under filters

    You will then see a list of all available titles including those that have not yet been purchased. Titles you can recommend will be identified by the banner "NOT OWNED" at the top:

    Image if book cover showing a not purchased header at the top
  4. Click on the title you wish to recommend to see the full title information.
  5. Click on the "Recommend" button.
  6. You will be given an option to place a hold and/or be notified if the book is added to the library collection.
  7. You can suggest three titles every 30 days.

If a title is not visible in Libraries on the Go, the library cannot order it.

Why doesn’t the library have the book I want to read in ebook or downloadable audiobook format?

Some major publishers are not yet making their ebooks and eaudiobooks available to public libraries and others have placed special conditions on them. This means that sometimes we will have the print copy of a book but we will not have the ebook version.  Sometimes we may be able to purchase the ebook but not the downloadable audiobook.

The library is also limited in where we can purchase ebooks and eaudiobooks.  For example, we cannot purchase ebooks in the Kindle mobi format for shared borrowing.  The same book can have different publishers in Canada and the U.S. so you may see an ebook on an American library's website that is not available to Canadian libraries.  Of the ebooks and eaudiobooks we can buy, the library price is sometimes three or five times more than the consumer price, resulting in fewer copies for library readers.

The ebook market is constantly evolving, so stay tuned for updates. Ontario public libraries continue to advocate for improved access to e-content from all publishers. Our goal is to provide universal access to ebooks for all library customers, which is particularly important given the rapidly growing demand for this content.

Why didn’t the library purchase the title I recommended?

Content is acquired in adherence to our Collection Development Policy. We welcome title suggestions and consider them an important part of our selection process. However, a suggestion may be declined for a number of reasons, including:

  • Cost
  • Unsuitable format
  • Poor reviews or no reviews
  • Newer titles available on subject
  • The library owns another edition of the title
  • Title is available in an existing compilation
  • Subject is already well covered in the collection
  • Out of scope of the collection, e.g. too academic or specialized

Note:  If a title cannot be found using the "Recommend to Library" feature, the library cannot purchase the title (i.e. Amazon Kindle mobi books).  Additional ebooks and downloadable audiobooks are available to borrow through Hoopla.