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Donations Policy

Date Approved July 01, 2019
Number POL-LIB

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Libraries. As described below, we no longer accept donated physical books, journals, or media. If you would like to support the Libraries or another area of the university, consider making a financial gift.

The Pacific University Libraries does not accept donations of physical materials (books, serials, media) unless they are intended for its archival/special collections**. The value of donated materials generally does not outweigh the resources required to appropriately evaluate, accession, or otherwise dispose of donated materials, and accepting donations of physical materials does not represent sound stewardship of the Libraries’ or University’s resources. Prospective donors are encouraged to explore options for their donations (e.g. public libraries, non-profits, etc). If you would like recommendations, please contact the Dean of University Libraries.

Exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of the Dean of University Libraries when the proposed donation of physical materials is associated with financial support for the Libraries or University or when acceptance of the donation will contribute to the development of a strategic relationship for the Libraries or University. In the case of such exceptions, donated materials are expected to meet the guidelines and criteria established by the Libraries for all newly acquired content. When a donation of physical materials is accepted, the Libraries will reserve the right to dispose of any materials that it considers not to meet the Libraries’ collection needs and policy guidelines. Unaccepted materials will not be offered back to the donor.

** Donations of physical materials to the Archives and Special Collections are evaluated by the Archives and Special Collections Librarian who will provide a recommendation regarding acceptance to the Dean of University Libraries.

Download: Pacific University Library Donations Policy.

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