Gifts of Books and Other Materials

The University Library faces a constant challenge in meeting the resource needs of our faculty, students, staff and community users. Your donation provides critical support for the Library's mission.

Proposed donations of Library materials are subject to acceptance by Library staff. Donations of materials that meet the instructional and research needs of the UC Davis community, or strengthen the Library collection are welcome. Materials that fall outside of the Library collecting policy cannot be accepted.

If you are interested in donating books, journals, and related materials, contact Lisa Spagnolo, Acquisitions Librarian, (530) 752‑0594, lcspagnolo@ucdavis.edu.

Special Collections

Materials of a rare or archival nature related to the University or region, pertaining to local or regional history, or related to unique collecting interests may be deemed appropriate for our Special Collections Department. For more information, contact Daryl Morrison, Head of Special Collections, (530) 752‑1621.

For general information on supporting the University Library through gifts of cash, securities, bequests, and more, contact Jean Korinke, Director of Development, (530) 752‑2422.

Gift Acceptance and Acknowledgement

Upon receipt, all gift materials become the property of the UC Regents. The Library reserves the right to determine retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations relating to the use and disposition of gifts. Gift materials not added to the library collections may be offered for exchange or sale.

The Library provides a letter of acknowledgement for gifts except those that are unsolicited. The letter for gifts of materials includes a general description of the materials donated, but does not include a detailed list of the specific items or an estimated value of the gift.

Appraisal and Tax Considerations

Internal Revenue Service and University regulations prohibit the Library from providing appraisals of gifts or endorsing their value. The law places upon the donor the responsibility to establish the fair market value of an item contributed to a charity, but a formal appraisal is not always necessary. Any appraisals done must be completed before the gift is accepted by the Library. For more information, see IRS Publication 561 "Determining the Value of Donated Property".

For general information on supporting the University Library through gifts of cash, securities, bequests, and more, contact Jean Korinke, Director of Development, (530) 752‑2422.