How to Donate Books and Other Materials (In-Kind Gifts)

The University Library welcomes gifts of books and other materials that extend and complement existing collections.

Due to the high cost of storage and processing, we are unable to accept every gift. We encourage prospective donors to provide a list of materials including the title or description and condition of the items.

We do not accept:

  • Textbooks
  • Trade paperbacks
  • Popular magazines
  • Scattered or single issues of periodicals
  • Materials in poor condition
  • Titles the library already owns (unless in high use or an otherwise special edition)
  • Out-of-date materials

Conditions of Acceptance

Gifts are made with the understanding that they become the property of the library, which has sole discretion regarding their retention, location and considerations relating to use.


The appraisal of donated materials is the responsibility of the donor. By law, the library may not formally appraise gifts or participate in an appraisal.

Tax deductions

If the Library accepts your donation of books or materials, you will receive a receipt from the Regents of the University of Michigan that acknowledges your in-kind donation. If you itemize your tax returns, this is what you or your tax preparer would include for contributions up to $500.  

If your contribution is valued at more than $500 and you wish to take a federal income tax deduction, the Internal Revenue Service requires you to complete IRS Form 8283.

If your contribution is valued at more than $5,000, the Internal Revenue Service requires a qualified appraisal. Consult IRS publication 561 on Determining the Value of Donated Property. If you have obtained a qualified appraisal, please include a copy with your gift.

Get Started

Please contact and include the titles/ descriptions of the books/materials.

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Last modified: 05/31/2018