The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library gratefully accepts gifts and contributions for the development of its collection. Especially valuable are books that fill existing gaps and that support the curriculum.
Gifts are treated as new acquisitions and thus are evaluated by the same standards applied to new purchases to safeguard quality, consistency, and relevance to the needs of the University. Donated books will be evaluated for addition to the collection by Library Subject Liaisons who will recommend their inclusion if appropriate.
In most cases, the Library will not accept gifts of periodicals unless they fill in gaps of already existing periodical subscriptions.
Academic libraries have varied and specific needs that frequently exclude items people usually wish to donate, such as: standard editions of classic works, which usually duplicate holdings; textbooks, as they quickly become outdated; and books printed on paper too brittle to make them usable. Rare books, scholarly works, or works on little-known topics often enhance academic collections.
The Library shares your concern that gift material actually will be used by students and faculty. Therefore, if you are considering donating to the library, we urge you first to contact the Gifts Librarian to speak about the usefulness of a proposed gift.
Dina Kaye Gifts Librarian
Ownership Books and other library materials given to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library become the property of the Library. The Library will add to its collections only gift material that supports the research and teaching mission of the university. Remaining gift material may be sold at the UW-Parkside Library annual booksale.
The Library cannot place a cash value on gift books for tax purposes but provides a letter upon request acknowledging the receipt of the gift to the donor.
Last update: 2.22.17