Donating Books and Materials

Making a Donation | Tax Considerations | Appraisals

Thank you for your interest in donating materials to the Binghamton University Libraries.

Making a Donation

Gifts of materials are accepted through the Binghamton University Foundation, and upon receipt, become the property of the Binghamton University Libraries. As owner, the University Libraries have the right to determine retention, location, circulation, and all other considerations relating to use or disposition. Collection development in any library depends on the careful selection and acquisition of materials. Items received as gifts are reviewed in accordance with the current collections development policies, and materials determined to be out of the scope of our collections may be sold at our annual booksale or discarded. It is not possible to promise special treatment for gifts, such as designated shelving or keeping the gift together. Books and materials exhibiting evidence of mold or mildew cannot be accepted.

Donation of books

Donations of materials such as books, journals, manuscripts, sound recordings, and other library-related materials for our general collection may be dropped at the Binghamton University Libraries’ loading dock. The University Libraries may be able to arrange to have larger donations picked up at your desired location. A Library Gift of Material Form will need to be completed for all donated materials. The Libraries request that the donor submit a listing of materials when making a gift, especially for larger gifts.

Donations of materials for our Special Collections will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Tax Considerations

The Binghamton University Libraries encourage donors to discuss prospective donations and appraisals with their attorneys or other tax experts for specific questions about charitable deductions for donated materials.


Appraisal of a gift to the University Libraries for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor. To protect both its donors and itself, the University Libraries as an interested party may not appraise gifts that they receive. The University Libraries does not pay for appraisals.

If you have questions concerning donations of materials to the Binghamton University Libraries, please contact:

Bill Palmer
Technical Services, Acquisitions and Gifts
University Libraries, Binghamton University
P.O. Box 6012
Binghamton, NY 13902-6012
Telephone: (607) 777-3997

Last Updated: 11/16/17