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Last Updated: Apr 30, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Book Donation

Donations of materials that enhance the library collection are welcomed. They become the property of Ikeda Library, and the items not added to the library are offered to other institutions or discarded if in poor condition. Because of the high cost of cataloging, processing, and storage, the library is unable to accept all donations. Before being accepted, list of possible donations is required for the librarians to review and ascertain if they meet the collection development criteria.

In general, items that support the current and evolving curricula as well as those that support the research needs of students and faculty are accepted as long as they are NOT:

  • Outdated titles Titles already owned by the library (unless they are in high demand)
  • Scattered issues of periodicals (unless they fill gaps in the library collection)
  • Popular trade paperbacks or popular magazines
  • Materials in poor condition

Since cataloging and processing new books and rush orders are the cataloger's priority, it may take a long period of time before donated titles become ready for circulation.

A prior arrangement with the library and a list of possible donations are required. Please send the information to

For the Development Office to create a correct receipt acknowledgement, donors are asked to fill out the Gift Receipt Form upon delivery. It is recommended that a detailed inventory be prepared before the delivery. 

Ikeda Library does not appraise gifts. Determination of the fair market value of a gift to the library for tax purposes is the donor’s responsibility. Book appraisers may be identified in local directories.


Financial Contribution

Financial contribution is accepted at the Development Office. More information is available at the webpage of the Development Office, and the staff can provide assistance at A tax receipt will be sent to the donor from the Development Office. 


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