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Library Policies: Gifts

GIFTS POLICY

The LaChance Library encourages and welcomes donations of books and other materials suitable for the library’s collection. Gift materials will be evaluated by the same criteria that are used for purchased materials. Not all gifts will be added to the collection.

CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING GIFTS

Specific considerations may include some or all of the following:

  • material is of a topic which falls within the scope of the collection
  • material is in excellent condition
  • material is timely and not out-of-date
  • the library does not already own duplicate material.
CRITERIA FOR FORMATS OTHER THAN BOOKS

Specific considerations may include some or all of the following:

  • materials does not require special facilities, control, or staffing in order to added to the collection
  • material does not require continuing obligations on the part of the library to keep the material up-to-date
  • gift periodicals will only be accepted if the issue or issues fill an existing gap in the collection
  • gift subscriptions will be accepted provided the donor intends to continue the subscription.
STAFF MEMBERS WHO ACCEPT GIFTS

If possible, a phone call to the Assistant Dean of Library and Academic Support Services would help to establish an appropriate time to bring donations to the library. Donations to the Library may be presented to the staff at the Circulation Desk. The library staff member will present the donor with a “Gift Form” which will be completed at the time of donation.

APPRAISAL POLICY

The library does not affix a dollar amount for donations accepted for inclusion in the collection. It is the responsibility of the donor to list the titles of the items, and affix a value if they require this information.

FINAL DISPOSITION OF MATERIALS NOT ADDED TO THE COLLECTION

Evaluated materials will be added to the collection if they meet the selection criteria for inclusion into the collection. Items not added to the collection will be discarded or recycled. The donor may request at the time of donation that any items not added to the library collection be returned to the donor.

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