Gifts in Kind

This policy applies to unsolicited gifts offered for the general collection at the University of Oregon Libraries. Unique or rare gifts should be offered to Special Collections and University Archives.

In an effort to maintain a sustainable collection, UO Libraries is highly selective in adding unsolicited gifts-in-kind to the collection, thus the majority of items donated are not added to the collection. We appreciate donations of materials which directly support the curriculum of the University, are relevant to this history and / or culture of Oregon, and are in good physical condition.

All gift materials given to UO Libraries become state property and cannot be returned to the donating party. We are unable to notify donors of the final disposition of their gifts.

Gift materials are handled responsibly and evaluated by highly trained library personnel. The library shall determine how, where, when, and if the materials will be retained. Any decisions regarding the disposition of donated items (including donation, discard, or sale) shall be made by the library. Proceeds from any sale of donated materials will be used to the benefit of UO Libraries.

The University of Oregon Library, as an interested party, cannot offer appraisals for gifts received. If you require information on organizations that can appraise your gift for tax purposes, a list of such organizations can be provided.

The above policy and some of its language has been adapted from the gift policies of the University of Washington and Oregon State University, with permission.

For more information about donation policies and parameters, please contact:

Lydia Harlan

Acquisitions Receiving Specialist

Ph: 541-346-1826


This policy was approved by the Library Administration on 11/11/14.