Gifts in Kind

The Emory Libraries welcome gifts in kind from Emory students, faculty and staff and from the community.


The Emory Libraries welcome gifts in kind from Emory students, faculty and staff and from the community.  Gifts are subject to review in terms of their size, their relevance and scope - the library typically does not accept donations that are out of scope for our collections. Please contact a subject liaison for further assessment or evaluation, if need be. Donors are asked, if possible, to provide as much bibliographic information for their donations, so as to expedite review and processing. Nearly half of the material donated to the Woodruff Library is added to our collection. Note that we can not accept realia, e.g., non-printed material or visual material (e.g., objects, posters, etc). 

The acceptance of a gift does not constitute adding an item to the collection; Emory reserves the right to make all collection decisions, in accordance with IRS regulations. Emory also reserves the right to dispose of materials not added to the collection as it see fit (e.g., other vendors, booksellers, nonprofit groups).

Valuation of Gifts

Emory Libraries staff may not establish the fair market value of a gift nor provide nor appraise gifts or potential gifts to the collection. The Internal Revenue Code, Section 2512(c), “Valuation of Gifts” (1986) precludes the recipient of a gift from evaluating it. It is the sole responsibility of the donor to determine the value of a contributed item. The following list represents a selection of Atlanta area book appraisers, standard printed sources for book valuation, and websites that are heavily used in the book trade. This list is intended as an aid for donors and potential donors in determining the fair market value of their collections. 

Any donation believed by the donor to have a value over $500, requires the completion of Emory University’s Gift in Kind Form.

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