The Libraries reserve the right to determine retention, location, and other considerations relating to use or disposition. The Library will review donated collections and keep those materials meeting the needs of University Libraries. In some instances, librarians can do an on-site review of your materials prior to boxing them up for delivery to the library. Contact the appropriate library unit to make arrangements for an on-site review.
Accepted materials will be cataloged and placed in the appropriate Library collection for use by the University and community. Materials not accepted for the Library collections may be offered to other academic or public libraries, traded for materials the Library can use, sold by the Library Associates organization via book sale or online auction, or discarded.
The Library cannot perform any appraisal or valuation of donated materials. Value appraisal for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor, although we will provide assistance in locating an appraiser. We cannot provide inventories. However, if you provide an inventory with your donation, we can in the letter of acknowledgement confirm the number of volumes and make reference to your inventory.
The University will issue a formal acknowledgement of each gift received. If you desire, bookplates in your name or as memorials to another person will be placed in all books donated by you that are added to the Library's collections.
Please note that the Marshall University librarians and staff cannot retrieve items from a private residence or location off campus. Please make arrangements to deliver boxed items at the Drinko or Morrow library receiving areas.
Contact Zana Sueme to make drop-off arrangements for general collection items for the Drinko facility.
For unpublished, unique or rare items, including photographs, contact Nat DeBruin, Curator of Special Collections, concerning your gift: