The library welcomes gifts or donations of books and other materials. Such materials, whether solicited or unsolicited, are checked carefully against existing collections and added to them if deemed appropriate.
Upon receipt, gifts become the possession of the Library. As owner, Pierce Library has the right to determine retention, location, circulation, and other considerations related to storage, shelving, use, or disposition. Because we share the donor's concern that gift material be used we may offer unneeded titles to other libraries, to charitable efforts such as AAUW Bookfair, or make available to the campus community through book sales.
The library cannot act as an appraiser. Upon acceptance of materials, the Library Director will acknowledge the gift in writing.
Lack of adequate space ordinarily prevents the library from preserving donated collections as intact separate entities. These are, in most cases, incorporated into existing general or special collections. Material will be housed into special collections only upon determination by the Library Director that it demonstrates unique or distinguishing qualities from the general collection.
Gift items added to the Pierce Library collection will be memorialized with a special bookplate, provided by the library, at the request of the donor.