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Gifts Policy

The library accepts gifts and contributions for the development of its collections. Especially valuable are books and journals that fill existing gaps and that support the curriculum. Gifts are treated as new acquisitions. Thus, the library will evaluate materials on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to the curriculum
  2. Patron requests
  3. Intended audience
  4. Quality of content, including factual accuracy
  5. Relationship of the material to items already in the collection
  6. Hardware and/or storage needs (especially for audiovisual and electronic resources)
  7. Appropriateness of format to the content
  8. Timeliness and/or lasting value
  9. Reputation of the author and/or publisher
  10. Physical durability
  11. Price

The library retains the right to withdraw duplicate and unneeded gift material as it sees fit, usually by a sale at modest prices, or donation to another institution or organization.

Upon receipt of a donation, a donor will be asked to complete a Library Donor Form. The Library acknowledges each gift with a letter. Because of the subsequent labor involved in processing donations, the library will not provide donors with an itemized list of the materials donated. Books and other materials given to Bridgewater College Library become the property of the Bridgewater College.

All material gifts to Bridgewater College are considered non-cash charitable donations. Because of legal restrictions, the library is unable to provide appraisals. Donors of gifts with an estimated value between $500 and $5,000 should read IRS publication 526, Charitable Contributions and/or publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property, both available from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Donors of gifts exceeding $5,000 in value also should read these publications and should discuss tax considerations with an attorney or an accountant. An appraisal is required to substantiate a tax deduction of more than $5,000 for a non-cash gift.

Please note that once your gift enters our processing workflow, we can no longer accommodate an appraiser; therefore, if you are considering a tax deduction and wish to have your collection appraised, you should do so prior to making the donation.