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Gifts of Materials Rules

Gifts and Donations

Seton Hall University Libraries accept donations of scholarly materials for the circulating collections that are relevant to the University’s curricular and research areas. All potential gifts will be evaluated by subject expert librarians in accordance with the collection development policies of the University Libraries. Potential gift items will meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Support the University’s curriculum.
  • Support the research needs of our faculty and students.

Kinds of donations that are not accepted by Walsh Library:

  • Materials that are not within the scope of the library’s collection.
  • Materials that are in poor physical condition (e.g. contain mold, mildew, water stains or need extensive repair).
  • Popular trade paperbacks.
  • Single issues and bound periodicals.
  • Outdated, superseded titles and media formats.
  • Materials that the library already owns.
  • For rare and historically significant materials, please see The Archives & Special Collections Center's Donation Policies

Donors will please provide the following information before their gift will be considered:

  • Title list to include: title, author, year of publication and format.
  • Condition and quantity of the donation.

Note: It is the donor’s responsibility to bring or ship the donations to the library. The Library does not have any means to pick up books or other gift material.

For the purpose of stewardship, the donor is to provide his/her name and address.

Conditions of Acceptance

  • Upon acceptance, a gift becomes the property of Seton Hall University Libraries.
  • The library reserves the right to determine if the donated item(s) will be added to the collection, where the item(s) will be located within the collection, and how the item(s) will be made accessible.
  • Library staff may ask to make a site visit to evaluate the collection.
  • Federal tax regulations prohibit the University Libraries from providing an appraisal or estimates of value of a gift. Obtaining an appraisal or valuation statement is the donor’s responsibility.

Drop off donations are not accepted.  Please submit the form below and a library staff member will contact you.  If you have questions about your donation, please contact:  

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