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. Particularly during this time of COVID-19 measures, we will need a list of materials in advance before we can accept a donation. Some of the questions we ask when assessing a donation are:

  • Has the donor prepared a list of titles?
  • Are the materials in good physical condition? Are there signs of active or dormant mold?
  • Does the donation fit our policy to not duplicate materials we already have, or materials readily available locally within the University of Waterloo, University of Guelph or Wilfrid Laurier University libraries? Is it available within the OMNI library network? 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? Is it a rare Mennonite/Anabaptist item?

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.