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Gifts Program

Since the founding of the University of Washington in 1861...

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Gifts have made significant contributions to the excellence of the Libraries and have helped build its outstanding collections.  Your support carries on that tradition of giving and ensures that the University Libraries will continue to foster quality scholarship and lifelong learning.

For information on how you can make a gift of materials that will support the study and research needs of our students, faculty and community, please contact:

Conditions, Use, Acknowledgment

Upon receipt, all gift materials become the property of the University of Washington Libraries.  The Libraries reserves the right to determine retention, location, cataloging treatment and other considerations relating to the use and disposition of gifts.  Materials not selected for addition to our collection may be donated to other institutions, sold, recycled, discarded or otherwise disposed.  Proceeds from the sale of unwanted materials are used to benefit the University Libraries.

We endeavor to accept only those materials that are in good condition and that will enrich or refresh our collections in support of the needs of our academic and research community.  Items may be added to our holdings as first, additional, or replacement copies.  Be assured that your gift will be handled responsibly and with care.  Each item will be evaluated for addition to our holdings by highly trained staff and subject specialist librarians.  We regret that we are not able to notify donors of the final disposition of their gifts or return items not added to our collection.

The University Libraries is committed to providing socially and environmentally responsible disposition of gift materials not needed for our collection. Whenever possible, we share or trade useful surplus gift materials with other libraries.  We also recycle materials that we are not able to redistribute.  Although we are not able to accept gifts for the sole purpose of redistributing them, the Gifts Program staff will gladly suggest alternative opportunities for giving.

Each gift to the University Libraries is acknowledged.  Acknowledgment letters typically include the date of receipt and a brief description of the gift.  We recommend that our donors prepare a detailed inventory and include a copy with their donations to support their charitable tax deductions.
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