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DePauw Libraries Resource Policy

Selection and Evaluation

Librarians and teaching faculty work collaboratively to ensure the libraries support teaching and learning at DePauw University.

The collection is routinely evaluated to ensure that both physical and digital materials reflect the information-needs of DePauw's Community. 

Gifts & Donations

We would be happy to accept donations with the understanding that we do not add items that duplicate current holdings, items that are out of scope, in poor condition, textbooks or computer materials, photocopies, magazines, or media in obsolete formats.

Faculty wishing to donate their scholarly work should contact the Coordinator for Scholarly Communications and Resource Services to make appropriate considerations. Archives and Special Collections staff will review offers of unique or rare books, personal papers, photographs or collections that support the teaching mission of the university or document its history, for inclusion into their collection. Music Library staff will review offers of music and media related materials for inclusion into their collection. Monetary gifts to support ongoing collection expenses are especially welcome and if you are considering making such a gift please contact our Dean of Libraries.

We do not traditionally attribute a "gift amount" to donations. Instead donors receive a thank you letter on behalf of the libraries. If donors intend to use this for tax purposes, it is recommended that donors reach out to a certified appraiser.