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Acquisitions at the John J. Wright Library


Is there a Subject Area or New Book that you think the John J. Wright Library should acquire?

Email your suggestion, and if it is a proper fit for our collection, we will  acquire it.


        Send me an email with your suggestion:


Collection Development

Considerations for Adding an Item to the Collection:

 Primary and secondary factors are considered for all types of materials.

 These factors are vital to ensure the overall high quality of the  library’s collection. 


  Primary factors:                                                        

      1.    Curriculum needs, including course offerings, course enrollment, new areas of emphasis, and evolving subject fields

      2.    Research needs

3.    Relative importance in comparison with existing materials

4.    Critical and staff reviews

5.    Price

6.    Appearance of title in special bibliographies or indexes

7.    Reading level   

8.    General needs           

 Secondary factors:

1.    Added copy; added volume; added addition

2.    Enhancement of recognized collection strength

3.    Current vs. retrospective publication       




The John J. Wright Library gratefully accepts donations. However, we DO NOT accept the following items:

 VHS tapes

 Cassette tapes

 Books written in a foreign language

 Items that are water damaged or moldy


 Magazines or periodicals (including National Geographic)

 Textbooks more than 5 years old

 Reader Digest Condensed Books


 Computer Software       



The John J. Wright Library makes electronic books (ebooks) available through its subscriptions to EBSCO's eBook Collection, Ebrary and R2Library.

Many  ebooks are also available through the online catalog but most are available by going to the Electronic Resources page and clicking on EBooks. You will need your network login to do this.


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New Books

In this lively, engaging, and persuasive book, Hacker and Pierson explain how much of our health and prosperity rests on what governments have done. American Amnesia will help slow the intellectual pendulum that is currently swinging towards ananarchic libertarianism that threatens more than a century of American progress." --Angus Deaton, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 2015


Featuring not only philosophers, but also playwrights, anthropologists, convicts, and revolutionaries, At the Existentialist Cafe follows the existentialists' story, from the first rebellious spark through the Second World War, to its role in postwar liberation movements such as anticolonialism, feminism, and gay rights. Interweaving biography and philosophy, it is the epic account of passionate encounters--fights, love affairs, mentorships, rebellions, and long partnerships--and a vital investigation into what the existentialists have to offer us today, at a moment when we are once again confronting the major questions of freedom, global responsibility, and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven world.

“Call them eggcorns, malaprops, or sveltes for Daniel Menaker, those happy accidents are the occasions for witty excursions down linguistic roads not taken. He had me from the gecko." 
Geoff Nunberg, author of Going Nucular and language commentator, NPR "Fresh Air" 


"Kosher USA" explores the complex encounter between ancient religious principles and modern industrial methods. Drawing on episodes from the lives of the author's own family, it traces how iconic products such as Coca-Cola and Jell-O tried to become kosher. This book adds a significant chapter to the story of Judaism's interaction with non-Jewish cultures and the history of modern Jewish American life, as well as American foodways



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