Gifts Policy

Policy Approval Authority Associate Dean of Collections Management
Responsible Division Technical Services
Responsible Office Acquisitions
Responsible Officer(s) Head of Technical Services
Contact Person AD of Collections Management, Gwen Gregory
Effective Adoption Date 07/21/2021
Last Review Date 06/28/2023
Policy Category/Categories University Libraries
Gifts & Donations


06/28/2023 (Added NIU yearbooks to list of unwanted items)

07/14/2022 (Added art books to list of unwanted materials)

01/26/2022 (Updated narrative and format to meet new library policy standards)

Policy Narrative

The University Libraries appreciate receiving donated items. However, we do not accept donations unless you communicate with us about them in advance. If you have materials you would like to give us, please email us.

More information:

  • Donated items may be added to the collection if they meet the needs of the University.
  • You permanently give up all rights to gifts.
  • Donated items may be added to the collection. They may also be sold, donated to other institutions, or handled in other ways.
  • The Libraries cannot give you a value for things you donate.
  • Please do not leave donations at Founders Library unless we have told you that we want them.

 We generally do not want:

  • Art books
  • Children’s or young adult books
  • Items already in our collection
  • Law books
  • Magazines
  • NIU yearbooks
  • Paperbacks more than 10 years old
  • Reference books
  • Textbooks
  • VHS or DVD

Contact Us

Library Information
Founders Memorial Library
217 Normal Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
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