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Gifts to the Library

The Michael Schwartz Library welcomes gifts of books, manuscripts, unique research materials, or other appropriate items that support the mission of the Library and the University.

We are currently accepting donations of books and other materials in good condition on a case by case basis. Please contact the librarian responsible for the relevant subject area if you would like to make a donation. The library cannot accept the following types of materials: journal issues and other periodicals, consumables (such as workbooks), and materials that are damaged, incomplete, or otherwise in poor condition.

If you have general questions regarding in-kind donations, please contact Hannah Pearson, Collection Management & Acquisitions Librarian at

Materials, especially trade publications, offered to the Library that duplicate materials already available in the collection or within the OhioLINK Consortium generally cannot be added to the Library’s collection due to space limitations and the cost of processing. However, the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library will often accept these materials. Donations given to the Friends are usually sold by the Friends, who use the proceeds to further the mission of the University Library. Find out more information about the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library . Prior to sale, the Friends provide the librarians an opportunity to review donations and select individual items that will enhance the library’s collection.

Gifts of Rare or High Value Materials

Manuscripts, rare materials, unique items, original works, archival collections, high-value individual items, or large subject-based collections of materials will be considered. Such materials will be reviewed by the Head of Collection Development, the Special Collections Librarian, University Archivist, or the Library Director as appropriate. These items or collections may be accepted by the Michael Schwartz Library after review and the details of the transfer have been agreed upon by all parties, including the Vice President for University Advancement and Associate Vice President for Business Affairs, Finance and Controllers. When the donor believes that the value of the donation will exceed $5,000 and desires documentation for income tax purposes, the Library will facilitate obtaining signatures from the appropriate University officials after the donor has provided the necessary documentation. The Library, as an interested party, cannot appraise gifts made to it.