||Academic Information Services
||December 13, 1991; revised December 8, 2011
To articulate criteria for review of materials
donated to the Library.
Academic Information Services faculty and staff are
guided by this policy in reviewing donated material
for retention in the collection.
Donations of useful materials or money to purchase them
are accepted, provided that no restrictions are
Gifts needing special consideration (e.g., materials
with restrictions, for storage, in non-English
languages, originating from the publisher) may be
considered at the discretion of the Dean of Academic
Information Services. Monetary gifts are credited to the
Olson Development Fund for the Olson Library and are
handled through the office of the Dean in collaboration
with the NMU Foundation.
Items that fit established
– including format preferences and restrictions
– and are in good physical condition may be
Gift materials become the property of Olson Library, and
the Library is free to dispose of unneeded materials
regardless of how they were acquired. If retained, they
may be placed in circulating, non-circulating, or
Special Collections, or transferred to the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives.
Items may be donated to other libraries or
institutions, exchanged, sent to vendors, or discarded.
If the donor requests it at the time of the gift, the
Library will try to return items not added to the
collection but cannot guarantee their return.
The Library cannot legally appraise gifts. The Library
may assist donors in obtaining, if available, prices
located in book-auction records or the catalogs of
second-hand book dealers. If a substantial collection is
involved, the Library may help the donor locate a
professional appraiser. Donors with further questions
about valuations for tax purposes in particular are
directed to IRS Publication 561, “Determining the Value
of Donated Property”
CONTACT: Douglas Black, Collection Development Librarian, (906) 227-1208, or