The library welcomes gifts of books and other materials (gifts-in-kind) that support the curriculum and the research needs of students and faculty members; we also accept materials related to the college and its history.
Due to a space shortage in the library and the high costs associated with processing, storing, and preserving materials, the library can only accept items that meet current and anticipated curricular and research needs or that contribute to the historical record of the college. We reserve the right to decline gifts of materials that do not meet current collection goals and policies.
All donations must be pre-approved by a collection development librarian prior to delivery. Donors are also required to complete a donation form. While intermediaries may initiate conversations with library staff about potential gifts, the Library Director or a collection development librarian must have direct contact with a donor before gifts are accepted and received.
The library cannot appraise gifts for tax purposes. We will acknowledge receipt of pre-approved gifts but cannot assign actual values for materials. Donors who require this information should arrange for the materials to be appraised prior to donating them to the library. Donors are responsible for all appraisal costs.
Donors are responsible for packing and shipping/delivering gifts-in kind and for fees related to shipping, insurance, and delivery.
Donors should be aware that gifts-in-kind accepted by the library become the property of Davidson College, and the library reserves the right to determine matters related to the retention, processing, shelving location, use, preservation, and possible disposition of the material. For the items it accepts, the library will make every effort to put them to good use; items that we do not keep will be offered to another library or organization (such as Better World Books) or recycled.
Gifts should support the college's curricular and research needs; in most cases, they should also be scholarly in nature.
With the exception of Davidson publications, we usually do not accept: