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About Smith Libraries
Gifts of books and other materials have greatly enriched the Smith College Libraries' collections over the years. Only pre-approved gifts that meet the curricular and research needs of the college are accepted. If you are considering making a gift, please read the procedures below. Gifts-in-kind should meet the same selection criteria as current purchases; that is, they should be scholarly works published within the last two to three years. Depending on the nature of the collection offered, other kinds of materials may be accepted.
Note: Neilson and Young libraries are not accepting gifts until further notice while Neilson Library undergoes a major reconstruction.
The following materials are generally not accepted:
Smith College becomes the owner of all accepted gifts and reserves the right to determine their retention, location, cataloging treatment, and use. This policy applies to Neilson Library, Hillyer Art Library, Werner Josten Library for the Performing Arts, and the Young Science Library.
Potential donors to Special Collections should contact the curator(s) below:
Upon request, Smith College Libraries will provide a written acknowledgment to verify donations. For information about tax treatment of your donation, please consult with a qualified tax professional or the Internal Revenue Service.
To find an appraiser consult one of these resources:
If the Smith College Libraries decline your gift, here are some suggestions for selling or donating your materials: