Guidelines for Making Donations to the UM Libraries
The University of Maryland Libraries welcome gifts of
books and other materials that strengthen the collections and support the
instructional and research programs of the university.
Many of the
University Libraries' most treasured, rare and valuable resources were donated
by friends and colleagues. Within the
these donations include:
Types of Materials Selected for Donation
Gifts cover a vast range of
subjects and include materials in all formats: books, archival materials,
personal papers and manuscripts, back runs of scholarly periodicals, sound
recordings, scores, films, videotapes, microforms, photographs, architectural
drawings, optical discs and other machine-readable material.
for Accepting and Receiving Desirable Donations
We reserve the
right to accept or decline materials based on these and other criteria that
serve the best interests of the University and the library collections.
The University Libraries also encourage monetary support to cover the costs of
processing larger collections selected. Timely processing and handling of
materials requiring special treatment are especially dependent on additional
resources. A written inventory is required of all donations.
the need to exercise the highest selectivity in accepting materials most
relevant to campus academic needs, we provide the following general guidelines
for individuals interested in donating materials to the University Libraries.
The following information pertains to gifts that will be considered for the
- Copies of older publications in good condition not
currently held and serve to fill in notable gaps in historic collections.
- Materials in good condition are clean, with durable
bindings, and do not contain loose, brittle, stained, marked, or discolored
- Specialized research materials, including scientific and
- Foreign language publications in areas collected by the
University Libraries, primarily in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hebrew, Japanese,
Korean, Slavic, Western European languages and Yiddish
- One-of-a-kind or rare books, special editions of
established works, and other materials that contribute to the subject strengths
within special collections, such as university history, Marylandia, historic
preservation, and broadcasting
Donors of rare and/or specialized materials will be
directed to a special collection's
archivist, curator or
Primary source material (e.g., manuscripts and archives)
information go to Related Links on the left menu.
additional information on policies for donations go to:
The way students and faculty find and use information is rapidly changing
and donor support allows us to meet these challenges to fulfill the mission of
~ Heather Foss
Director of Development for University Libraries