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Donating Books to the Milton Good Library

Thank you for thinking of the needs of Milton Good Library patrons through your book donation!

Please do not bring in donations unannounced. Before we can accept your donation into the collection, we will assess its value for the library. Some of the questions we ask are:

  • Is the donation in good physical condition?
  • Does the donation fit our policy to not duplicate materials we already have, or materials readily available within the Tri-University Group of Libraries? If it is a duplicate, is the donated copy in better condition than the library’s copy?
  • Does the donation fit with our policy to acquire materials in the areas of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Religious Studies, or graduate Theological Studies? Does it fit the current teaching and research needs of the college?
  • Has a list of materials for donation been prepared?

Donated materials that do not become part of the library collection will be disposed of to the mutual satisfaction of the donor and the library. Some options include:

  • Recycling (particularly for books in poor condition)
  • Returning to donor, if requested (please make this request at time of donation)
  • Making materials available for free to library visitors
  • Sale, with the proceeds to the library/archives (particularly for books with Mennonite or Anabaptist interest)
  • Passing materials along to another library or organization

According to our guidelines, donated materials that are accepted into the library collection may be eligible for a tax receipt if their fair market value exceeds $100. Fair market appraisals of less than $1,000 will be done by the librarian. When the valuation exceeds $1,000, the appraisal must be based on the evaluation by a qualified independent expert. Gifts valued at less than $100 will only be acknowledged if, in the opinion of the librarian, the gift constitutes material of out-standing intrinsic merit to the library. If you wish to have your donation considered for tax receipt status, please notify the library in advance of your donation.

The Archivist-Librarian, Laureen Harder-Gissing, will gladly answer any questions you might have.