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Gifts to the Libraries

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Gift materials help expand and enrich the Libraries' collections. The Libraries welcome donations of all types of recorded information that support the university's curricular and research programs. Prospective donors should consult with the Collection Development Department Head in O’Neill Library or the librarian contacts listed below when planning to donate books and other printed or recorded material. Materials that are judged to be more suitable to our Special Collections are referred to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections.

All offers of gifts receive careful consideration and are evaluated in terms of the collection development goals of the Libraries. These include:

  • Supporting the current and evolving curriculum,
  • Supporting the research needs of faculty and students,
  • Maintaining and enhancing older collections in depth.

Materials appropriate for the collection include:

  • Scholarly monographs, hardbound or good quality paperback
  • Music compact discs and scores
  • Videos, DVD's.

Depending on the number of volumes being offered to a library, an on-site evaluation of the collection by the appropriate subject bibliographer may take place before a determination to accept can be made. The Libraries encourage donors to obtain an independent appraisal of the gift's value for income tax purposes. Because the Libraries are the receiving parties, federal regulations prohibit our supplying a dollar value to the gift. The Libraries will, however, assist in identifying appraisers for this purpose. Donors may wish to consult their personal attorney or tax advisor for further information and legal advice. The Libraries will not accept gifts on which a donor places restrictions that will negatively affect the use of the materials.

The Libraries will acknowledge all gifts as to number and subject. We will also acknowledge a list supplied by the donor and a dollar estimate, if provided. Upon receipt of a gift, the materials become the property of the Boston College Libraries. The Libraries reserve the right to determine the retention and disposition of all gift materials. Those materials not added to the collections will be disposed of at the discretion of the Libraries.

Gifts delivered directly to the libraries without prior communication with one of the contacts listed below will not be accepted.

Bapst Art Library:
Adeane Bregman
Art Bibliographer
617-552-3136 | bregman@bc.edu

Educational Resource Center:
Margaret Cohen
Head Librarian
617-552-4919 | cohenlm@bc.edu

O’Neill Library:
Jonas Barciauskas
Collection Development Department Head
617-552-4447 | barciaus@bc.edu

Social Work Library:
Kate Silfen
Senior Reference Librarian
617-552-0792 | kate.silfen@bc.edu

Theology and Ministry Library:
Esther Griswold
Head Librarian
617-552-6540 | esther.griswold.1@bc.edu