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Order Books Electronically

These are instructions for ordering books electronically through the GOBI system. Orders will go directly to Acquisitions. If you have questions, contact your library liaison.

Note: The Smith College Libraries will order an additional copy of a title owned by (or on order at) another Five College library only when essential for supporting teaching, learning and research at Smith College. See instructions in step #2.

  1. You will receive an email from your library liaison or DoNotReply@ypb.com. Click the link in the email or paste the url into your browser.
  2. This screen contains the newest titles for your department. Please note some useful information to the right of the screen.
  3. The top item tells you the status of the item in our library. Please make sure not to order any books with these statuses:
    • title recommended
    • library open order
    • shipped to library
    • already owned by library
  4. The second line tells you how many copies of the book are owned in the Five Colleges. For example, 2 Books/3 Slips means that two copies of the book are already owned in the Five Colleges.
    • If you see that another Five College library already has or has ordered this title, you must insert "SC Copy Essential" in the Library Note field by clicking Add. Otherwise, this title will not be ordered.
    • Your library liaison may also leave notes for you in the Library Note field. Your liaison will let you know in advance if they are going to use this field.
  5. To select any of the titles on this screen for purchase, click to the left of the title. A blue bar will appear in this area. Below, the title on the left has not been selected and the one on the right has been selected.
    screenshot of online book order interface
  6. After you have finished your selections, click Recommend at the top of the screen.
  7. Any titles you have selected will now say This Item Has Been Recommended. Your selections will automatically go to Acquisitions for processing.
  8. If you see that another Five College library already has or has ordered this title, you must insert "SC Copy Essential" in the Library Note field by clicking Add. Otherwise, this title will not be ordered.
    screenshot illustrating an example of a librarian note
  9. Your library liaison may also leave notes for you in the Library Note field. Your liaison will let you know in advance if they are going to use this field.
  10. To select any of the titles on this screen for purchase, click to the left of the title. A blue bar will appear in this area. Below, the title on the left has not been selected and the one on the right has been selected.

    screenshot of the left area turning blue after selecting a book to order
  11. After you have finished your selections, click Recommend at the top of the screen.
    screenshot of recommend button
  12. Any titles you have selected will now say This Item Has Been Recommended. Your selections will automatically go to Acquisitions for processing.