Donating Books and Journals to HSL
Call: 919-962-0500 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- How do I donate books or journals?
- Are there other ways to contribute to the Health Sciences Library?
- What books and journal gifts does the library want?
- Can I give the library my own current copies of a journal received through a membership or through a paid personal subscription?
- What happens to the books that I donate to the library?
- What can I do with those journals and books the library cannot use?
- How can I tell the value of my donation?
- The Health Sciences Library accepts books and journals on a selective basis. Some of the library’s most important materials have been gifts, but we are not always able to add all gifts to the library’s collections.
- Please contact the library’s Information Access and Discovery Department to discuss donating your materials (919-962-0500 or email@example.com).
- Let us know the size of your donation, the subject areas, the titles if practicable, and the general range of dates. For journals, we request that you provide a list with volumes and dates.
- Staff will respond to let you know if the gift will be suitable for this library and how to arrange delivery.
- The library welcomes your contributions to support outstanding programs, services, and collections, such as Special Collections.
- You may contribute by becoming a member of the Friends of the Health Sciences Library.
- You may also contact the Library Development (919-966-0943 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss a named endowment, major gift, or planned gift to the library.
- The library is interested in books that are in good condition that are of historical importance or those that augment or fill gaps in the collection.
- We also accept specific journal issues or volumes that complete library holdings and occasionally accept longer runs of journal titles not in our collection.
- The library is particularly interested in North Carolina publications and documents, as well as early materials relating to health and health care.
- The library seeks books authored or edited by UNC Health Affairs faculty.
- Professional libraries or archives of Health Affairs faculty and others might also be considered for the library’s collections. Please inquire about items that you have available.
Can I give the library my own current copies of a journal received through a membership or through a paid personal subscription?
- The library cannot legally accept ongoing donations of journals received through a membership or a paid personal subscription.
- Publishers price personal or membership subscriptions with the assumption that they will be used by an individual rather than a potentially large audience at an institution. Use of donated current subscription materials by an institution could be considered a copyright infringement.
- Most books will be circulated to any patron who wants to use them.
- If your books are of historical value, they may be added to the Historical Collection for in-library use.
- A bookplate honoring your gift may be added to the book on your request. A note marking the book as your gift will be permanently added to the library catalog unless requested otherwise.
Selling and Donating
- Local rare or used book dealers may be interested in older books in good condition.
- Back issue vendors may be interested in runs of journals. The vendors will want a detailed list of volumes and issues and are only interested in full and often only in recent volumes.
- Libraries in developing countries may be interested recent journals and texts up to ten years old. Note that most developing countries will expect the donor to pay shipping costs.
- Sometimes there is nothing to do but recycle or discard unwanted books and journals. Information on recycling can be obtained from the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department.
- Bound journals and hardback books must have the covers removed before being deposited in recycling receptacles.
- Unbound journals issues can also be recycled at the Orange County Convenience Center on Eubanks Road or at the recycling area behind the University Mall in Chapel Hill.
- The library is prohibited by law from appraising donations or assigning monetary value to your gift, but does send a letter of acknowledgment that may be used for tax purposes if your gift is valued at under $5000.
- If you wish to determine a value for tax purposes, you should retain an independent appraiser to evaluate your collection before donating it to the library.
- The Association of College and Research Libraries has an online guide, Your Old Books, that addresses frequently asked questions about the value of rare and older books.
- The American Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association lists bookdealers in numerous specialties who can often times assist in evaluating books.
- In addition, you may also be able to identify a price range for books and other items by using one of the web sites for bookdealers, such as AbeBooks or BookFinder.