How do I donate books or other items to the Library?
Thank you for your interest in donating materials to the Harold B. Lee Library
Material Gift Donation Information
The Library gratefully and selectively accepts gifts and other contributions for the development of collections. The Library may accept books, journals, or media that support Brigham Young University’s (BYU) teaching or research. Gifts are evaluated by the same standards of teaching or research relevance which are applied to new Library purchases.
Considerations Before Donating
1. Decisions about which donations are accepted into the Library lies solely with the Library administration, subject librarians, and curators.
2. If gifts are accepted it is understood that, upon receipt, the Library becomes the owner of the material and, as such, reserves the right to determine its retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to its use, maintenance, or disposal.
3. The Library encourages donors to consider, for their own interest, obtaining an appraisal of their gifts for income tax purposes before transferring ownership to the Library. Since the Library cannot provide appraisals, donors bear the costs of appraisal. BYU recommends that donors discuss gift appraisals with their attorneys.
Process for Donating Materials
1. Contact the appropriate subject librarian or curator about the potential donation. For help in identifying the appropriate subject librarian or curator, contact the Library Administration Office (801-422-2905):
a. Social Science (http://lib.byu.edu/directory/social-sciences/)
b. Science (http://lib.byu.edu/directory/science-maps/)
c. Humanities (http://lib.byu.edu/directory/humanities/)
d. For rare books, manuscripts, or other archival materials, please contact the L. Tom Perry Special Collections (http://sites.lib.byu.edu/sc/about-us/donating/)
2. Provide the subject librarian or curator with a list including titles, publication dates, and a general assessment of the condition of the material.
4. The subject librarian or curator will contact you about arranging receipt of the material by the Library.
Donations That Cannot Be Accepted by the Library
Patrons are also encouraged to contact local educational institutions or Deseret Industries for donation of unneeded books and other materials that cannot be accepted by the Library.
To have materials picked up from their campus office and donated, retiring professors can contact BYU Recycling at 801-422-4662 (http://plantwo.byu.edu/grounds/recycling.html).
We appreciate receiving materials to enrich the resources of the Library. You can mail or deliver your donation to the Library Administrative Office.
Harold B. Lee Library Administrative Offices
2060 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602
If you plan to deliver your donation and it is difficult to transport, you can call the Library Administrative Offices at 801 422 2905 for instructions. The office is open week days from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All donations must be accompanied by a completed "Instrument of Gift and Acceptance Form."