Guideline UL-ITG03 Requesting the Purchase of Nonstandard Software

Main Policy Content


Complete and submit a Software Request Form. Send the form and supporting documents as indicated on the form.

Libraries IT reviews the request, resolves any questions, and if approved, assigns a budget and forwards the order to the Library Business Office. 

Reasons for rejection include: duplicates the functionality of another product the library already has, duplicates a service offered centrally by Penn State IT, incompatibility with library workstations and software, licensing terms, funding limitations, etc.

Effective Date: November 2007
Date Approved: November 2007 (Dean's Library Council)

Revision History (and effective dates):

  • October 2021 - Revised
  • June 2019 - Revised
  • November 2007 - Revised guideline
  • January 2002 - New guideline

Last Review Date:  October 2021