The Marquette University Libraries support the teaching and research efforts of Marquette University. This activity is expressed in the continuing development and enhancement of the collection resources of the Libraries. The Libraries are developing a digital library of electronic resources essential to current academic scholarship and teaching. At the same time, the Libraries continue to add to the collections of books, journals, microforms, videos, and other kinds of materials which form the historic foundation of library holdings. The Libraries collections are augmented by membership in the Center for Research Libraries which houses 4,000,000 volumes which are available for indefinite loan to members of the Marquette academic community.
Many of the print books acquired by the Libraries are received through approval plans with domestic and foreign vendors. These plans reflect the subject areas that are being researched and taught at the University. Books are also ordered on a title-by-title basis based on information from reviews, catalogues, publisher notices, and recommendations received from library users. Anyone in the Marquette University academic community can make recommendations for new books by using a form on the Libraries Webpage. Other formats like music CDs, DVDs, and microforms among others may also be recommended.