Gifts and Donations

Gifts of books, manuscripts and similar materials are valued additions to the Libraries. Gifts may be added to the Libraries' general collection, or to the holdings of the Special Collections Research Center. If some of the gifts are duplicates of works already in the collection or outside the scope of the Libraries' collections, they may be offered to another library, sold at the Friends of the Library book sales, or discarded. Proceeds from the book sales are used to support the Libraries' mission.

Materials that fall outside of our collecting scope generally include:

  • Materials in poor physical condition
  • Outdated textbooks, software books, and testing manuals
  • Mass market paperbacks
  • Popular magazines
  • Individual journal issues
  • Non-book formats
  • VHS and Cassette tapes

Exceptions may also be made for special collections materials, or in cases where a donation will fill gaps in our journal holdings, or may augment demand on specific resources.

Although the Libraries acknowledges gifts in a form that substantiates deductions, appraisals of gifts or collections for tax and other purposes must be done by an independent appraiser before the items are received at the Libraries. The Tax Reform Act of 1984 established new regulations that affect cumulative gifts valued at more than $5000 in a single tax year.

In addition to donations of books and manuscripts there are many other ways that you can give to NCSU Libraries. Please visit our NCSU Friends of the Library for more details.

Those wishing to make arrangements to donate materials should contact the Collections & Research Strategy Department at 919-515-3833 or the Special Collections Research Center. After arrangements have been made, please print and complete the donation form and bring it with your donation.