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University Library Gift Policy 

The University Libraries welcome gifts of books and other research materials that enhance the collection strengths and support DePauls instructional and research programs.  All potential gifts are evaluated by appropriate library staff in accordance with the collection development policies of the DePaul University Libraries and the Gift Acceptance and Processing policy of the University.

The library also welcomes direct donations of money to support library collections and programs.  All monetary donations designated for the library will be processed in collaboration with DePauls Office of Development.

Acceptable Materials

The library will add only materials in very good condition which support the teaching and research mission of the University and do not duplicate existing holdings.  The library will donate, sell or discard all gifts not added to the collection.   In general, the library does not accept: textbooks, workbooks, outdated editions, damaged or underlined books, photocopies, popular paperbacks, or brittle books, materials requiring special handling, storage, or other restrictions.  Please note that the Library only accepts journal issues to replace ones missing within an existing set, not to add new titles to the collection or to expand the coverage of a title in the collection.​​​

Donations of Books or Other Items

Donors are strongly encouraged to provide a list of items for review of appropriateness for adding to the collection rather than sending materials directly to the library.  Please contact Terry Taylor, Associate University Librarian for Teaching, Learning, and Research Services ( to discuss your potential donation.  ​​​

Donations of Rare Books or Archival Materials

Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives, Jamie Nelson ( 

Monetary Contributions

Please contact the Associate University Librarian for Administrative Services, Christopher Hoeppner ( or DePaul University’s Director of Gift Processing (

Acknowledgement of Donations

The Library provides a written acknowledgement for donations that have been discussed and approved prior to receipt​​, noting the number of volumes received.  The library does not provide an itemized list of the materials donated or an estimate of the value of the gift.  Any appraisal of the gift is the responsibility of the donor.  Donors should consult a tax consultant or attorney regarding non-cash gifts.  [See IRS Form 8283, “Noncash Charitable Contributions”]  Upon request, library staff can provide donors with a list of certified appraisers.