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Gifts Policy

 University Libraries Gifts Policy

Gifts have made significant contributions to the distinction of DU Libraries and strengthened our collections. As such, we welcome gifts of books and other cultural heritage materials that complement the breadth and depth of our collections, and support DU's mission to advance scholarly inquiry, cultivate critical and creative thought, and generate knowledge. Due to limitations related to processing costs, space constraints, and staff time, we're unable to accept every gift. Though exceptions may be made for rare and unique items, materials that generally fall outside the scope of our collecting activities include:

• Materials in poor condition
• Titles already owned by DU Libraries
• Textbooks
• Mass market publications
• Popular magazines
• Commonly available journals
• Superseded formats (LPs, cassettes, VHS, floppy disks, etc.)

Gifts of books and other cultural heritage materials are accepted with the understanding that, upon receipt, they're owned by DU Libraries. We'll always consider your gift for addition to the collections, but we reserve the right to determine materials' retention, location, and disposition. We recommend that you prepare an inventory to include with your donation.

How to Donate
If you're considering a gift of books that complement existing collections, or if you have a gift-related question, contact Liam Harty, Library Collections Procurement and Processing Manager: 303-871-2840 or Liam.Harty@du.edu.

Donors wishing to give rare or unique books and cultural heritage materials to DU Libraries are encouraged to contact Kate Crowe, Curator of Special Collections & Archives: 303-871-3428 (main desk) or Katherine.Crowe@du.edu.

Gifts that don't meet our conditions for the collections will be donated to the University Libraries Association (ULA) for sale or donated to Better World Books to benefit those in need. For more information about donations to the ULA, contact Nancy Clark, Community Relations Manager: 303-871-3958 or Nancy.Clark@du.edu.

Acknowledgements
Upon receipt of a gift and contact information, a donor to DU Libraries will receive a letter of acknowledgement. The letter will not include a list of items or an estimate of the value of a gift.

Appraisals
Federal tax regulations prohibit DU Libraries from appraising gift materials for tax purposes. If you plan to claim a tax deduction for the value of your gift, you can search for an appraiser through the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America.