How to Give
Books and Other Material Gifts
Due to space and budgetary constraints, the Library must preview offered materials or a title list to identify the items that might fit our collection.
In the case of a large local collection, we can come to you and select the items; otherwise some type of listing of title and edition would be necessary. Please contact Collection Management in advance for more details about scheduling a site visit or preparing the title list.
Any necessary appraisals or title lists you wish to compile must be completed before the Library takes possession of the materials. For your convenience, we suggest that appraisals and lists be in an electronic format so you can easily cut and paste to create a new version that reflects only the items actually accepted by the Library.
When the Library accepts a gift-in-kind, it becomes property of Wake Forest University. The Library reserves the right to determine whether items will be kept, where they will be located, and how they will be cataloged and preserved. The Library may dispose of unneeded items in any way its officers determine, unless other terms are agreed upon at the time of the donation. Any such exceptions must be explicitly arranged with either Collection Management or Special Collections.
To donate a collection of papers or items appropriate for the University Archives, please contact Special Collections in advance.
All gifts of books must be accompanied by a Gift Transferral Agreement Form.
Donors who wish to contribute financially to the Library should contact the Library Dean. The library can best select items when donations are given to the general materials fund or with a description of intent for such things as "materials in the Humanities", "materials in the Social Sciences", etc.
Departments and faculty are strongly encouraged to contribute to library materials acquisitions, particularly for new programs and interdisciplinary subjects. Collection Management Librarians can assist in assessing collections and provide estimated material needs for research grant proposals.
Tax Deductions, Appraisals, and Acknowledgments
Donors may be entitled to an income tax deduction. Consult the Internal Revenue Service Regulations for more information.
As an interested party, the Library cannot appraise materials. To determine the market value of donated items, the donor may chose to have a formal appraisal done.
The Library can provide a gift acknowledgement letter upon request. Please indicate that you require an acknowledgement letter on the Gift Transferral Agreement Form.