Donating Books and Other Materials (Gifts-in-Kind)

The University of Michigan Library welcomes gifts of books and other materials that complement and strengthen existing collections. Some of our most important collections have come to us as gifts, both early and more recently in our history.

Because of the high costs associated with processing and shelving collection material, we cannot accept all offers of gifts-in-kind. We make every effort to accept only gifts of materials that we intend to add to our collections.

Donors considering a gift of books or other materials to the Library are encouraged to consult our Gifts-in-Kind Policy and to contact one of the curators or subject specialists listed below.

General inquiries regarding gifts-in-kind can be sent to library-gift-in-kind@umich.edu. We are not able to accept gifts-in-kind unless prior arrangements have been made.


Gifts-In-Kind Policy

The Library welcomes gifts of books and other materials that complement and strengthen existing collections. Because of the high costs associated with processing and shelving collection material, we cannot accept all offers of gifts-in-kind.

With some exceptions, we generally do not accept the following:

  • Textbooks
  • Magazines, journals, and other periodicals
  • Materials in poor condition
  • Duplicates (materials already held)

Gifts are accepted with the understanding that they become the property of the University, and that the Library will make all decisions regarding their retention, location, cataloging, use, and disposition. Materials accepted but not added to the collections will be sold, donated, or otherwise disposed of.

Gifts will be considered by the appropriate curator or subject specialist. Donors are encouraged to provide as much information about the materials to be donated as possible. We are not able to accept gifts-in-kind unless and until arrangements have been made with a curator or subject specialist.

Accepted gifts will be acknowledged with a receipt provided by the Regents of the University of Michigan.


Income Tax Deductions and Appraisals

As a “noncash charitable contribution,” the fair market value of a gift-in-kind may be tax deductible. Professional standards, University policy, and IRS regulations prohibit Library staff from making monetary appraisals. Donors considering a gift-in-kind for which they intend to seek an income tax deduction are encouraged to consult with their tax preparer and/or the IRS.


Contacts


Other Options for Donating

In addition to your public library, the following organizations are likely to consider a donation of books:

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