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Library Policies

Gifts and Donations Policy

The DVC library welcomes gifts of books and items in other formats, as well as gifts of money for the purchase of library materials. Gifts must supplement the Library’s existing collections and support the College’s curriculum. Additionally, gifts should provide the Library with a core of materials that are of interest to the college community. Gifts are accepted or declined in accordance with the criteria established in the Library's Collection Development and Acquisitions policies.


Conditions for Acceptance

  • The donor should be referred to the Library Director or the Librarian coordinating collection development to arrange a mutually agreed upon time for the Library to receive gifts and to ensure formal acknowledgement and consideration. After acceptance of the gift, the donor receives a letter of thanks and acknowledgement from the DVC Foundation.
  • Upon accepting any gift, appropriate Library staff will carefully review the material in order to determine its suitability for the Library’s collections.
  • Gift books should have a copyright date of within the past 5-10 years. Classics or special collections items are exceptions.
  • All monographs donated in someone’s memory or purchased with donated funds will acknowledge the donor and the circumstances of the donation on a bookplate affixed to the inside book cover.
  • The library does not accept gifts that have undue restrictions or conditions placed upon the use of items or proffered funds.
  • Once a gift is accepted, it becomes the property of the DVC Library. The library reserves the right to accept, reject, sell, or otherwise dispose of donated materials.
  • The DVC Library will not appraise or assign a monetary value to donated materials. Donors who wish to claim gifts as an income tax deduction should arrange to have an evaluation made by an independent appraiser prior to donation of the materials.